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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38% of disease burden in Australia in 2018 is preventable and due to the modifiable risk factors included in this study

Overweight (including obesity) was the leading contributor to non-fatal burden in 2018

8.6% of the disease burden in 2018 was due to tobacco use and was the leading risk factor

One in four (26%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese in 2022

2 in 3 (66%) adults were overweight or obese in 2022 – 34% were overweight but not obese and 32% were obese

Australia had the 10th highest proportion of overweight or obese people aged 15+ among 21 OECD member countries in 2022

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