A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on September 11, found that many health risk factors are on the rise – and you can make a move to make sure your health and wellbeing is a priority by getting health insurance.
The report entitled Risk factor trends: age patterns in key health risk factors over time, looked at comparisons of different age groups over time for risk factors such as poor diet, physical inactivity, obesity, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
"These are key risk factors for diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease," said AIHW spokesperson Dr Lynelle Moon.
"Monitoring these risk factors is important in helping to guide and target preventative health interventions," Dr Moon said.
In comparing the results, there were higher rates of overweight/obesity for all ages, particularly in females aged 12 to 44.
There were some good news from the report, with smoking rates falling "substantially among young people" particularly teens in the last decade.
If you hold you and your loved ones health as a top priority, then getting a family health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your family get the appropriate care and treatment.