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Health Survey Northern Ireland: First Results 2015/16 report now available

15 November 2016

Health Survey Northern Ireland: First Results 2015/16 report now available

The Health Survey (NI) has run annually, on a continuous basis, since 2010/11.  Some of the key findings are as follows:

  • one-fifth of respondents (19%) scored highly on the GHQ12 suggesting they may have a possible mental health problem.  Respondents in the most deprived areas (27%) were twice as likely to record a high GHQ12 score as those in the least deprived areas (13%).
  • Around a quarter of adults (26%) were classed as obese with a further 34% classed as overweight.
  • 16% of children aged 2-15 were classed as overweight and 9% were classed as obese.
  • around one-fifth of respondents (22%) were current smokers.  Smoking prevalence has fallen from 25% to 22% over the last decade.  However, smoking prevalence in the most deprived areas (36%) was almost three times that in the least deprived areas (13%).
  • A fifth (20%) drink above recommended weekly limits, with males (32%) around three times more likely to do so than females (11%).

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