South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


82. Healthy weight:

Increase by five percentage points the proportion of South Australian adults and children at a healthy body weight by 2017

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The proportion of South Australian adults who are a healthy weight has declined to 36.8% in 2015 from 39.4% in 2009 (the baseline year).

In 2015, 43.3% of females and 30.2% of males were a healthy weight, continuing the trend of females having higher levels of healthy weight. This gap of 13.1% is the largest since 2012.  The recently commenced men’s health strategy reaching over 72,000 men will embed healthy behaviours into the long term culture of the manufacturing, civil construction; defence and farming industries and will also target new apprentices across the state. 

The Get Healthy coaching service provides one:one coaching to support adults to eat well and be active. These programs are underpinned by the creation of cross sector partnerships to improve the social, environmental and economic determinants of obesity, which largely lie outside the influence of health sector.

The proportion of South Australian children who are a healthy weight has increased to 76.1% in 2015 from 75.2% in 2009. This is the highest rate of healthy weight among children since 2010 which coincides with South Australia’s substantial investment in the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Program. 

The Healthy Kid’s Menu Taskforce, collaboration between industry, health experts and government is working to increase the number of food venues that provide healthy eating options to families when they are dining out.

Achieving the target - to increase by five percentage points the proportion of adults and children at a healthy weight by 2017 - is challenging.

South Australia has the worst rates of obesity in Australia; the scale of the challenge requires widespread, coordinated and sustained action across government, the non-government and private sector.  SA Health continues to work to identify, implement and monitor best practice strategies to arrest this trend.

Lead Agency

SA Health

Disaggregated data