Percentage of the Adult Population Considered to be Obese: 2003 and 2004

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1308):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 33 rows and 5 columns.

Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 kg/m 2. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual’s weight status in relation to height (weight/height 2, with weight in kilograms and height in meters). For Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports because they preclude any misreporting of people’s height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries. For more information on methods by country, see < >


  1. 2002 data.
  2. 1999 data.
  3. 2001 data.
  4. 2000 data.
  5. 2003 data.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.