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Oz Health Report: Smoking Down, Drinking Down, Weight Up

Australia’s national health report shows that smoking is down, drinking is down but weight is up.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the rates of daily smoking have dropped to 14.5% of adults smoking in 2014/15, Down 7.9% from 2001 when a daily smoking rate was 22.4% of the population. Men continue to outnumber women when it comes to smoking, 16.9% of men smoke while 12.1% of women smoke.

Young adults have also given up smoking over the last 15 years with a drop of 11.9%. In 2001, 28.2% of young adults smoked while in 2014 and 2015 16.3% of young adults smoked.

Over the years the stereotype of Australia has been one of heavy drinkers. Since 2011, alcohol consumption has also dropped for Australians. In 2011 and 2012, 19.5% of adults in Australia consumed more than two standard drinks per day while in 2014 in 2015 17.4% of adults consumed more than two standard drinks per day.

Similar to smoking men outnumber women when it comes to the excessive drinking one in four men compare to one in 10 women exceeds the lifetime risk guidelines of alcohol consumption.

While Australians have been giving up cigarettes and alcohol they have been piling on the weight. In 1995, 56.3% of Australian adults were overweight or obese, while in 2014 and 2015 63.5% of Australian adults were overweight or obese. Australian children between the ages of five and 17 are also getting larger over the years. In the years 2011 and 2012 25.7% of children in Australia were overweight or obese while in 2014 and 2015 27.4% of children were overweight or obese.

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