4364.0.55.007 - Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12  
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DIETING AND BODY MASS

Of the 9.2 million Australians aged 15 years and over who were overweight or obese (based on their measured height and weight), one in six (17%) were on a diet at the time of the survey. The prevalence of dieting was higher among overweight/obese females (21%) than males (14%).

Of overweight or obese people, those who were on a diet were more likely to consider themselves to be overweight compared to those who were not on a diet (81% compared to 61%). Overweight or obese people on a diet were also more likely to be either dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied with their weight compared to those who were not on a diet (60% and 40% respectively).