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

13% reduction in total burden rates between 2003 and 2018

Australians suffered more burden from living with illness (52% of total burden) than from premature death (48%)

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

60% of men and 66% of women in 2017–18 had a waist circumference that indicated a high risk of metabolic complications

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

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

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