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.

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

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Latest findings

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

Australia had the 6th highest proportion of overweight or obese people aged 15+ among 22 OECD member countries in 2019

About one-third of Australians’ energy is from discretionary foods. This is highest for teenagers aged 14–18, at 41%

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

For adults aged 51–70, alcoholic drinks account for more than one-fifth (22%) of discretionary food intake

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