Results from the Healthy Ireland Survey 2017

The Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland have published the results of the Healthy Ireland Survey 2017. The survey included people aged 15 years of age and over.

The main findings from the 2017 survey include:

  • 56% eat at least one unhealthy food type a week and a further 35% eat at least one of these food types a day. Unhealthy food types included takeaways, sweet/savoury pastries, salted snacks, cakes and biscuits or sweets.
  • 16% drink sugar sweetened beverages on a daily basis and a further 38% do so at least once a week. These drinks are most popular amongst men and those under 35 years of age.
  • 37% eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day. 18% report not consuming any fruit and vegetables on a daily basis.
  • 39% of respondents were classified as overweight and a further 23% obese. Men are more likely to be overweight or obese than women; 70% of men compared to 53% of women.
  • 18% of respondents participate in active forms of travel. 14% travel to work or college on foot and a further 4% cycle to work or college.

For more information on healthy eating take a look at our easy ways to eat five a day and foods and drinks high in fat, salt and sugar pages.

Posted: 24/10/2017 16:08:52 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: Obesity, Overweight, Sugar sweetened beverages, Unhealthy foods


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