Australian Bureau of Statistics
4364.0 - National Health Survey: Summary of Results, 2004-05
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National Health Survey shows mixed results
More Australian adults were overweight or obese and more drank alcohol at risky or high risk levels in 2004-5 than in 2001, according to results from the 2004-05 Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey.
In 2004-05 the majority of Australians aged 15 years and over considered their health to be very good or excellent (up from 52% in 2001).
Main findings include:
Overweight: When body mass index was calculated from reported height and weight, 62% of men and 45% of women were classified in the overweight or obese groups. However, only 32% of men and 37% of women assessed themselves as being overweight. For both men and women the proportions classified as overweight or obese were highest in the middle age groups (72% of men and 58% of women aged 55 to 64 years were overweight or obese). Among women aged 18-24 years, 10% had a body mass index which would classify them as underweight.
Smoking: Approximately one in four adults (23%) were smokers in 2004-5 and in 2001. More men than women were current smokers (26% and 20% respectively) and for both men and women the prevalence of smoking was highest in the younger age groups (34% of men and 26% of women aged 18-34 years smoked).
Exercise: Two thirds of adults (66%) had exercised for recreation, sport or fitness in the two weeks prior to interview, similar to the 2001 NHS result. Almost half (49%) reported they had walked for exercise, 36% exercised at a moderate level and 15% did vigorous exercise. Men were more likely to do moderate or vigorous exercise than women, while women were more likely to walk for exercise than men. Moderate and vigorous exercise was most common among younger age groups, while the highest proportions walking for exercise were recorded for the 55-64 and 65-74 year age groups (around 54%).
Other findings from the survey include:
Further details are in National Health Survey: Summary of Results, Australia 2004-5 (cat. no. 4364.0). Results for states and ACT are available to media on request.
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This page last updated 8 May 2009