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

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

One in four (26%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese in 2022

2 in 3 (66%) adults were overweight or obese in 2022 – 34% were overweight but not obese and 32% were obese

Nearly all Australians (99%) aged 2–18, and 9 in 10 adults aged 19 and over do not eat enough vegetables

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 and e-cigarettes, Alcohol and Social determinants.