Health Survey Northern Ireland 2011/12

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) have presented the first results from the 2011/12 Health Survey NI with a sample size of 4390 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 61% of adults were either overweight (37%) or obese (23%). Among children, aged 2-15 years, 31% were assessed as being overweight/obese. This is an increase of 4% since the 2010/2011 Northern Ireland health Survey.
While the majority of respondents (91%) 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 these guidelines was 32%.
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 feel better/fitter’ (63%), ‘to improve my overall health’ (62%) and ‘to lose weight’ (53%). When asked what prevented them from eating more healthily, 27% indicated that nothing actually prevented them. Lack of willpower was the most frequently mentioned reason (45%). Read more about the survey on the DHSSPS website.

Posted: 23/11/2012 16:16:43 by Emily Kelleher


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