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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2007  
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Despite impressive health gains during the twentieth century, many people still die prematurely, while many more suffer a reduced quality of life through health problems, many of which are the results of lifestyle or environmental factors.

The table below shows the proportions of male and female Tasmanians aged 18 years and above who were identified as having specific health risks.

SUMMARY OF HEALTH RISK FACTORS(a), 2004-05

Risk factors
Unit
Males
Females

Smoking status
Current smoker(b)
%
28.1
24.7
Alcohol drinking status
Risky/high risk drinkers(c)
%
13.2
10.1
Body weight
Overweight or obese(d)
%
54.3
42.4
Exercise level
Physically inactive(e)
%
35.9
31.0

(a) Persons 18 years and over.
(b) Refers to those adults who answered 'yes' when asked whether they currently smoked. It is not based on regularity of smoking.
(c) Males who reported an average daily consumption of alcohol of over 50ml and females who reported an average daily consumption of alcohol of over 25ml.
(d) Scores 25 or more on the body mass index.
(e) Did no exercise or exercised at a very low level in the two weeks prior to the survey.
Source: National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4362.0).


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