Health Survey Northern Ireland 2013/14 Report

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) today published the findings of its Health Survey Northern Ireland 2013/14 Report (PDF, 1.2MB). This report includes statistics on key areas, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity and physical activity among others. The results are based on the responses of 4,500 individuals.

Key findings

Mental health

  • Around one-fifth (19%) of respondents showed signs of a possible psychiatric disorder
  • Of these respondents, 45% of females and 29% of males were taking medication for stress/anxiety or depression


  • A third of respondents (33%) ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This is an increase from 2005/06 when 27% of respondents ate the recommended five-a-day.

Adult obesity

  • There has been an increase in the number of obese and overweight adults from 59% in 2010/11 to 61% in 2013/14
  • Around half of those respondents (44%) classed as obese were meeting the recommended weekly levels of physical activity


  • The proportion of smokers has fallen in the last decade from 26% in 2004/05 to 22% in 2013/14


  • There has been a reduction in adults drinking above sensible weekly limits from 19% in 2011/12 to 16% in 2013/14

Physical activity

  • Over half of respondents (53%) met the recommended level of physical activity, with 60% of males meeting the recommendations compared with 47% of females.


Posted: 20/11/2014 15:08:40 by Laura Keaver


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