Biomedical risk factors are bodily states that pose direct and specific risks for health—for example, high blood pressure. They are often influenced by health behaviours such as diet and physical activity, but can also be influenced by genetic, socioeconomic and psychological factors. Modifying biomedical risk factors can reduce an individual’s risk of developing a chronic disease.
of Australian adults were overweight or obese in 2014–15
of adults had measured high blood pressure in 2014–15, excluding those taking medication
of Australian adults had abnormal blood lipids in 2011–12
of Australian adults had impaired fasting glucose in 2011–12
of adults living in the lowest socioeconomic areas were overweight or obese compared with 58% in the highest socioeconomic areas
of men had high blood pressure compared with 22% of women
of people with cardiovascular disease had abnormal blood lipids
of men had impaired fasting glucose compared with 2.1% of women
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