Health Survey Northern Ireland 2010/11

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) have presented the first results from the 2010/11 Health Survey NI with a sample size of 4085 individuals. The survey provides information on a range of health related matters such as general health, mental health, physical activity, diet and nutrition and obesity.

The results show that 59% of adults were either overweight (36%) or obese (23%). Among children, aged 2-15 years, 27% were assessed as being overweight/obese. 86% of respondents were aware of the Department of Health advice to have at least 5 portions of fruit/vegetable each day, however, the proportion of respondents meeting this guidelines was 33%. Respondents were asked if they had tried to make any changes to their lifestyle to improve their health, and if they would like to make any changes. Those respondents who indicated that they had tried to, or would like to, control their weight or eat more healthily were asked to detail their reasons. The most popular reasons given were ‘to improve my overall health’ (63%), ‘to feel better/fitter’ (62%), and ‘to lose weight’ (50%).

Read more about the survey on the DHSSPS website.

Posted: 16/11/2011 10:06:36 by Barbara Whelan


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