Healthy Ireland Survey 2015

A summary of the findings from the Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 have been released by the Department of Health. It was conducted with over 7,500 individuals and interviews took place between November 2014 and August 2015. The following are some of the key findings from the survey:

  • 85% of the Irish population aged 15 and over report their general health as being good or very good.
  • 23% of the Irish population aged 15 and over are smokers. 19% are daily and 4% are occasional smokers.
  • 76% of the Irish population drink alcohol, with 53% of drinkers doing so at least weekly.
  • 32% of the population are considered to be highly active.
  • Women aged 15-24 spend longer sitting (6.7 hours) than any other group, whilst those engaged in home duties (4.4 hours) spend the least amount of time.
  • 37% have a normal weight, with 37% overweight and a further 23% obese.
  • 47% of the Irish population aged 15 and over participate in a social group or club.
  • Overall, encouraging levels of good mental health are recorded in the population aged 15 and over (indicated by high positive mental health scores on average).
  • Over 1 in 4 (26%) report that they eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
  • 62% eat snack foods daily, consuming an average of 2.0 portions per day.


Posted: 08/10/2015 14:35:54 by Laura Keaver


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