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

Coronary heart disease, back pain, dementia, COPD, and lung cancer were the top 5 diseases causing burden in 2018

Risk factors contributing the most burden were tobacco use and overweight (including obesity)

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

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

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

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

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