HEALTH RISK FACTORS
A range of genetic, social, economic and environmental factors are recognised as increasing the risk of developing a particular health condition. Specific lifestyle and related factors which have been identified as negatively impacting health include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
- Poor diet and nutrition
- Lack of physical activity.
Health risk factor topics included in the 2014-15 NHS were:
- Alcohol consumption
- Exercise and sedentary behaviour
- Dietary behaviours
- Blood pressure
- Body mass and physical measurements (e.g. height, weight and waist circumference).
Most of the specific risk factors covered have been addressed in previous ABS Health Surveys, either at national or State/Territory levels. Major changes in the coverage of risk factors between the 2014-15 NHS and the 2011-12 NHS are summarised in the table below.
MEASUREMENT IN 2014-15 NHS, 2011-12 NHS AND 2011-13 AHS