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

5 million years of healthy life were lost in 2018

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

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

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

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

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.