Health risk factors

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 37 OECD member countries for the following indicators of health risk factors:

  • tobacco consumption
  • alcohol consumption
  • proportion of the population who are overweight (but not obese) (measured)
  • proportion of the population who are obese (measured)
  • proportion of the population who are overweight or obese (measured).

Key findings

In 2019 (or based on the latest year of data):

Tobacco consumption

  • Australia had the 6th lowest proportion of daily smokers among people aged 15 and over (11.2%), with Greece ranking highest, at 35%
  • Based on the number of cigarettes per smoker, per day, Australia was just below the OECD average, at 12.9 cigarettes per day compared with the average 13.3 cigarettes per day

Alcohol consumption

  • Australia was above the OECD average for litres per capita of pure alcohol consumed by people aged 15 and over, at 9.5 in 2017 compared with 8.8 litres per capita. The highest amount of alcohol consumed was in Latvia (12.6 litres per capita), while the lowest was in Turkey (1.4 litres per capita)

Overweight and obesity

  • based on measured data, Australia ranked 5th out of 23 countries with available data for the proportion of people aged 15 and over who are obese (30%)—this was greater than the OECD average of 24%
  • based on measured data, Australia ranked 6th out of 22 countries with available data for the proportion of people aged 15 and over who are overweight or obese (65%)—this was greater than the OECD average of 59%
  • when comparing the proportion of obese men and women across OECD countries, Australia had the 2nd highest proportion of obese men (32%), behind the United States (38%). The proportion of obese women in Australia was 8th highest out of 23 countries (29%) — higher than the OECD average of 25% for women.

 

This figure compares tobacco consumption across OECD countries in 2019 or nearest year. The proportion of people aged 15 and over who are daily smokers was highest in Greece (35%) and lowest in Mexico (7.6%). In Australia, the proportion who are daily smokers is 11.2%, below the OECD average of 17.8%.

This figure compares alcohol consumption across OECD countries in 2019 or nearest year. The litres per capita of pure alcohol for population aged 15+ was highest in Latvia (12.6) and lowest in Turkey (1.4). In Australia, litres per capita of pure alcohol was 9.5, above the OECD average of 8.8.

This figure compares overweight and obesity across OECD countries in 2019 or nearest year. The proportion of people who were overweight or obese was highest in Mexico (75%) and Lowest in Japan (27%). In Australia, 65% were overweight or obese, above the OECD average of 59%.