More than one-in-five Tasmanians smoke on a daily basis, while 65 per cent are overweight or obese, according to a health report released this morning.
According to the Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2011-12 report, 10.8 million adults in Australia were either overweight or obese, with 4.7 million listed as obese, in 2011-12.
These figures are up markedly, with just 11 per cent listed as obese in 1989 in Australia compared with 28 per cent in 2011-12.
At a state level, the report showed that 65 per cent of Tasmanian adults (about 256,000) were overweight or obese in 2011-12, just above the national rate of 63% per cent.
One in five Tasmanians - about 21 per cent or 81,000 people) smoked daily in 2011-12, compared with 16 per cent nationally.
Tasmanian Medical Local chief executive Phil Edmondson said the report provided a good reality check and underlined the need for new approaches to tackling the state's smoking and obesity problems.
“"These figures are in line with what we knew about the scale of these problems in Tasmania,”" Mr Edmondson said.
“"While they're not surprising, they continue to be alarming and they reinforce the need for innovative, tailored solutions."
Mr Edmondson said that Medical Local will launch four new projects aimed at tackling lifestyle-related health risk factors in Tasmania.