Overview

Health risk factors are attributes, characteristics or exposures that increase the likelihood of a person developing a disease or health disorder. Behavioural risk factors are those that individuals have the most ability to modify. Biomedical risk factors are bodily states that are often influenced by behavioural risk factors.

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Latest findings

Coronary heart disease, back pain, dementia, COPD, and lung cancer were the top 5 diseases causing burden in 2018

5 million years of healthy life were lost in 2018

One in four (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese in 2017–18

Australia had the 6th highest proportion of overweight or obese people aged 15+ among 22 OECD member countries in 2019

Since 1995, the contribution of added sugars, total fat and saturated fat to energy intake has generally decreased

About one-third of Australians’ energy is from discretionary foods. This is highest for teenagers aged 14–18, at 41%

More reports and statistics on risk factors can be found under Chronic disease, Overweight & obesity, Food & nutrition, Physical activity, Smoking, Alcohol and Social determinants.