THIRTY seven out of 100 people smoke and 45 out of 100 people consume alcohol, of whom 77 per cent are binge drinkers.
Also, 29.9 per cent of Fiji's population are either obese or overweight.
These are startling figures from the Ministry of Health that acting commissioner northern Alipate Bolalevu highlighted when opening the national non-communicable disease month in Labasa yesterday.
"One out of three people are overweight and of these, 18 per cent which is one out of five people, are obese," Mr Bolalevu said.
"Females are more likely to be obese than males meaning that the least-physically active people are women over 35 years living in urban areas and Fijians of Indian origin.
"Less than 3 per cent consume the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day."
Mr Bolalevu said kava consumption proved to be an associated risk factor of NCDs because of its close link to tobacco and alcohol usage.
"These statistics show that the number of people with NCDs, including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, accidents and injuries, is growing, bringing burden to individuals, their friends and families and to society at large," he said.
He added that NCDs contributed to reduced economic productivity, increased health care costs and reduced social capital.