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released: 11 Sep 2012 author: AIHW media release

This report presents comparisons over time for different age groups for key health risk factors, including overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. The good news is that smoking rates have declined, particularly among younger people. However, overweight/obesity rates have increased for virtually all age groups, especially females aged 12 to 44.

ISBN 978-1-74249-342-8; Cat. no. PHE 166; 140pp.; $21.50

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • Introduction
      • Background
      • Interpretation of results
    • Overweight and obesity
      • Key findings
      • Introduction
      • Body mass index
      • Waist circumference
    • Physical inactivity
      • Key findings
      • Introduction
      • Adults
      • Teenagers and young adults
      • Children
    • Poor diet
      • Key findings
      • Introduction
      • Inadequate vegetable intake
      • Inadequate fruit intake
      • Inadequate fruit and inadequate vegetable intake
      • Regular consumption of whole milk
    • Tobacco smoking
      • Key findings
      • Introduction
      • Data sources
      • Current smokers
      • People who ever smoked daily
      • Age started smoking daily
      • Age stopped smoking daily
      • Duration of daily smoking for ex-smokers
    • Excessive alcohol consumption
      • Key findings
      • Introduction
      • Data sources
      • Lifetime risk (2009 guidelines)
      • Long-term risk (2001 guidelines)
      • How many drinks?
      • Days per week alcohol was consumed
    • Discussion
      • Overview of risk factors by age group
      • Implications for CVD, Type 2 diabetes and CKD
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Statistical tables
      • Appendix B: Trends in diabetes prevalence
      • Appendix C: Statistical methods andmeasures
        • Weighting of sample data from surveys
        • Assessing the reliability of survey estimates
        • Crude prevalence rates
        • Age-standardised prevalence rates
        • Rate difference Rate ratio Significance testing
        • Summary statistics for distributions
      • Appendix D: Data sources, classifications and comparability over time
        • Data sources
        • Classifications and comparability over time
        • Summary of the measures used for each risk factor
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Risk factor trends: age patterns in key health risk factors over time. Cat. no. PHE 166. Canberra: AIHW.

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