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

38% of disease burden could have been avoided or reduced, being due to the modifiable risk factors included in the Study

Cancers were the group of diseases causing the most burden in 2018

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

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

Although fruit intake is closest to the recommendations, nearly 4 in 5 adults (77%) aged 19–50 do not eat enough

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

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