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Health Risk and Behaviours

Our world is gradually waking up to the fact that if you have a disability it does not necessarily mean that you are unable to partake in recreational activities.

This is being seen through organisations and people with disabilities being recognised for their achievements.  For example:

  • Special Olympics
  • Disability Sporting Associations
  • Adaptive Sporting Groups
  • Theatre and Live Productions
  • Dance
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding

As society is gradually embracing people with disabilities, organisations are starting to fund ventures that promote inclusion through participation.

The area not being seen though is in the area of Health Risks.  This includes things such as:

  • Self-Care
  • Personal-Care
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Personal Safety
  • Nutrition


To list a few.

Facts related to this are shown below.

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“Health risk factors and behaviours

  • 47% of people aged 2 and over with disability do not eat enough fruit and vegetables, compared with 41% without.
  • 72% of people aged 2 and over with disability are overweight or obese, compared with 55% without.
  • 72% of people aged 15 and over with disability do not do enough physical activity, compared with 52% without
  • 18% of people aged 15 and over with disability smoke daily, compared with 12% without.

Health risk factors and behaviours—such as poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco smoking and excessive alcohol consumption—can have a detrimental effect on a person’s health.

Health conditions often affected by diet include:

  • overweight and obesity
  • coronary heart disease
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • some forms of cancer
  • type 2 diabetes.

Reference:  AIHW’s main report People with disability in Australia.”