Health » Physical activity and body mass index: Frequency of exercise and body mass index of young (16–26 y. o.) people by gender and education

The frequency of exercises at least half an hour long during free time among young (16–26 y. o.) people and their body mass index.

Body mass index (BMI) – is calculated by dividing the body weight in kilograms (kg) by height in meters (m) squared. Pregnant women were asked to indicate their weight before pregnancy.
Underweight: BMI < 18,5
Normal weight: BMI = 18,5 - 24,9
Overweight: BMI = 25,0 - 29,9
Obesity: BMI >/= 30,0 

Level of education - primary education equals to first 6 classes/school years, basic education means 7-9 school years, secondary education or secondary specialized education mean 10-12 school years and higher education is 13 or more years of study.

Unit: percent

Disaggregated by: year, age group, gender, frequency of exercise, body mass index, level of education

Source: National Institute for Health Development, Health Behavior among Estonian Adult Population

Year
Gender Level of education Age group (health) Frequency of exercise, body mass index 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014
Males and females Higher education 16-26 Once a week or less 54,8 50 50 49,5 36,1
Males and females Higher education 16-26 2 or more times a week 45,2 50 50 50,5 64
Males and females Higher education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 11,6 4,7 6,2 11,2 3,4
Males and females Higher education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 70,5 83 79,1 75,5 73,9
Males and females Higher education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 14,7 9,4 10,9 11,2 18,2
Males and females Higher education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 3,2 2,8 3,9 2 4,6
Males and females Professional secondary education 16-26 Once a week or less 62 69,7 63 63,8 54,9
Males and females Professional secondary education 16-26 2 or more times a week 38 30,3 37 36,2 45,1
Males and females Professional secondary education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 3,1 5,6 3,9 2,8 2,8
Males and females Professional secondary education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 69 67,6 71,7 58,5 62
Males and females Professional secondary education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 21,7 15,7 16,5 30,2 23,9
Males and females Professional secondary education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 6,2 11,1 7,9 8,5 11,3
Males and females Secondary education 16-26 Once a week or less 58,5 50,2 50 44 41
Males and females Secondary education 16-26 2 or more times a week 41,5 49,8 50 56 59
Males and females Secondary education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 10,1 5,9 11,5 4,7 8,9
Males and females Secondary education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 73 76,3 70 72,4 67,1
Males and females Secondary education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 12,7 14,4 15,4 18,2 17,1
Males and females Secondary education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 4,2 3,3 3,1 4,7 7
Males and females Basic education or lower 16-26 Once a week or less 50,9 43,3 49,4 47 43,9
Males and females Basic education or lower 16-26 2 or more times a week 49,1 56,7 50,6 53 56,1
Males and females Basic education or lower 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 12,5 8,2 12,4 6,2 13
Males and females Basic education or lower 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 72,1 71,5 67,4 77,7 70,4
Males and females Basic education or lower 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 11,6 16,9 17,4 13,4 10,4
Males and females Basic education or lower 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 3,9 3,4 2,8 2,8 6,1
Male Higher education 16-26 Once a week or less 45,8 37,5 50 41,7 30
Male Higher education 16-26 2 or more times a week 54,2 62,5 50 58,3 70
Male Higher education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 3,9 4 2,4 4 0
Male Higher education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 53,9 80 69,1 72 54,8
Male Higher education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 34,6 12 26,2 16 38,7
Male Higher education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 7,7 4 2,4 8 6,5
Male Professional secondary education 16-26 Once a week or less 60,6 69,2 55,4 64,5 65
Male Professional secondary education 16-26 2 or more times a week 39,4 30,8 44,6 35,5 35
Male Professional secondary education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 0 0 0 1,5 0
Male Professional secondary education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 63,6 62,8 75,8 55,4 55
Male Professional secondary education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 28,8 21,6 13,6 35,4 30
Male Professional secondary education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 7,6 15,7 10,6 7,7 15
Male Secondary education 16-26 Once a week or less 47,6 38,8 34,5 38,5 39,3
Male Secondary education 16-26 2 or more times a week 52,4 61,2 65,5 61,5 60,7
Male Secondary education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 1,2 1 1,1 3,1 1,6
Male Secondary education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 74,7 75,8 78,4 67,7 69,4
Male Secondary education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 18,1 20,2 18,2 25 24,2
Male Secondary education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 6 3 2,3 4,2 4,8
Male Basic education or lower 16-26 Once a week or less 46,2 44,3 41,8 44,1 42,6
Male Basic education or lower 16-26 2 or more times a week 53,9 55,7 58,2 55,9 57,5
Male Basic education or lower 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 6 2,5 7,5 5 10,6
Male Basic education or lower 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 76,7 72,5 67,7 77 70,2
Male Basic education or lower 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 11,2 20,8 20,4 17 8,5
Male Basic education or lower 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 6 4,2 4,3 1 10,6
Female Higher education 16-26 Once a week or less 58 53,8 50 52,1 39,3
Female Higher education 16-26 2 or more times a week 42 46,3 50 48 60,7
Female Higher education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 14,5 4,9 8,1 13,7 5,3
Female Higher education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 76,8 84 83,9 76,7 84,2
Female Higher education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 7,3 8,6 3,5 9,6 7
Female Higher education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 1,5 2,5 4,6 0 3,5
Female Professional secondary education 16-26 Once a week or less 63,5 70,2 71 62,8 41,9
Female Professional secondary education 16-26 2 or more times a week 36,5 29,8 29 37,2 58,1
Female Professional secondary education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 6,4 10,5 8,2 4,9 6,5
Female Professional secondary education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 74,6 71,9 67,2 63,4 71
Female Professional secondary education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 14,3 10,5 19,7 22 16,1
Female Professional secondary education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 4,8 7 4,9 9,8 6,5
Female Secondary education 16-26 Once a week or less 67,7 56,9 59,7 49,5 42,1
Female Secondary education 16-26 2 or more times a week 32,3 43,1 40,3 50,5 57,9
Female Secondary education 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 17 8,8 18 6,3 13,5
Female Secondary education 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 71,7 76,6 64,8 77,1 65,6
Female Secondary education 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 8,5 11,1 13,7 11,5 12,5
Female Secondary education 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 2,8 3,5 3,6 5,2 8,3
Female Basic education or lower 16-26 Once a week or less 55,8 42,1 57,7 50,6 44,8
Female Basic education or lower 16-26 2 or more times a week 44,3 58 42,4 49,4 55,2
Female Basic education or lower 16-26 Underweight (<18,5) 18,8 16,1 17,7 7,6 14,7
Female Basic education or lower 16-26 Normal weight (18,5-24,9) 67,5 70,1 67,1 78,5 70,6
Female Basic education or lower 16-26 Overweight (25,0-29,9) 12 11,5 14,1 8,9 11,8
Female Basic education or lower 16-26 Obesity (>=30,0) 1,7 2,3 1,2 5,1 2,9