Improving the Australian population’s exposure to lifestyle risk factors in physical inactivity and overweight (including obesity) reduces the risk of disease and the disease burden attributable to these risk factors. If exposure to overweight (including obesity) and physical inactivity is reduced, the loss of thousands of healthy years of life could be avoided in 2030.
This report presents results of various scenarios of reduced exposure to overweight (including obesity) and physical inactivity in terms of the disease burden avoided in 2030.
- Cat. no: PHE 323
A 1-unit BMI reduction could reduce disease burden attributable to overweight (including obesity) by 11% in 2030
An extra hour of weekly activity could reduce disease burden attributable to physical inactivity by 16% in 2030
13,400 deaths could be prevented if the obese population reduced their BMI to a healthy range
1,600 deaths could be prevented if everyone did an extra 15 minutes of exercise, 5 times a week