Almost one-quarter of children and two-thirds of adults in Australia are overweight or obese, with rates continuing to rise. Obesity is a major public health issue that carries substantial health and financial costs.
Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in Australia. While daily tobacco smoking has declined since 1991, it is estimated that smoking kills almost 19,000 Australians each year. Despite a long-term downward trend in daily smoking, tobacco remains the leading cause of cancer in Australia, making up 22% of attributable burden.