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

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

Remote and Very remote areas combined experienced a burden rate that was 1.4 times as high as that in Major cities

One in four (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese in 2017–18

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

Overall, the diets of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are similar

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

More reports and statistics on risk factors can be found under Chronic disease, Overweight & obesity, Food & nutrition, Physical activity, Smoking, Alcohol and Social determinants.