How buying a property can affect your health
Figures released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last week (June 7) show that the location of your residential property may have an effect on your health.
The results focussed on the likelihood of being a smoker or being overweight or obese when living outside of the cities on a rural property or within a city.
"Seven out of ten adults living in outer regional and remote Australia were overweight or obese, compared with six out of ten adults living in major cities of Australia," explained ABS director of health Louise Gates.
The data did not offer suggestions as to why this trend exists, but Ms Gates did point out that remoteness and socio-economic disadvantage had an effect on obesity rates.
As for the rate of smokers, in the 2011-12 period those living in outer regional or remote areas in Australia had higher rates of daily smoking with 22 per cent, compared to 15 per cent of daily smokers living in the major cities.
"While rates of daily smoking in remote areas of Australia have dropped over time, they are still significantly higher than the rates in major cities of Australia a decade ago," concluded Ms Gates.