Latest health survey for England published

The latest findings and trends identified from the Health Survey for England has been released by National Health Service Information Centre.

The Survey is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health-related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England.

health-survey-for-england-07-trends The latest trends report shows that obesity has increased among adults over the period from 13 per cent for men and 16 per cent for women in 1993 to 24 per cent for both men and women in 2007.

Similarly, the proportion of children who were obese increased from 11 per cent in 1995 to 17 per cent in 2007 among boys, and from 12 per cent in 1995 to 16 per cent in 2007 among girls.

The report provides data trends tables for adults and children along with an accompanying commentary focusing on core topics such as Body Mass Index (BMI), cigarette smoking, fruit and vegetable consumption, and physical activity levels.

health-survey-for-england-07-lifestyles

The associated healthy lifestyles report focuses on knowledge, attitudes and behaviour on key aspects of lifestyle including smoking, drinking, eating and physical activity. Both adults and children were asked about their views on what constitutes healthy behaviour, their knowledge of government recommendations and the factors that may encourage or discourage healthy behaviour.

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