Chronic disease risk factors rife among Aussies

Drawing on data from the 2007–08 National Health survey of more than 20,000 people, researchers found 17% of men have five or more such risk factors as do 11% of women.

The researchers looked at contributors to diseases such as asthma, type 2 diabetes and depression such as poor nutrition, alcohol consumption, obesity, leading a sedentary lifestyle and smoking.

Poor diet was one of the most common risk factors, with as many as 90% of Australians failing to eat sufficient vegetables, while 50% do not consume enough fruit.

However, not all risk factors are equal, according to the Australian