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.

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

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Latest findings

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

In 2017–18, 38% of adults in the lowest socioeconomic areas were obese, compared with 24% in the highest

2 in 3 (67%) adults were overweight or obese in 2017–18—36% were overweight but not obese and 31% were obese

Iron and calcium intakes for girls and women in some age groups need to improve

For adults aged 51–70, alcoholic drinks account for more than one-fifth (22%) of discretionary food intake

Nearly all Australians (99%) aged 2–18, and 9 in 10 adults aged 19 and over do not eat enough vegetables

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