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Health Survey Reports 2017

24 October 2017

Health Survey Reports 2017

This week data from representative surveys on health behaviours have been made available by the the Department of Health (ROI) and the Department of Health (NI)

Northern Ireland

First results from Health Survey Northern Ireland 2016/17 are now available. This annual survey collects information on the health behaviours of the population in Northern Ireland age 16 and older. Prevalence of smoking has fallen to 20%, with 62% of smokers reporting that they wanted to quit and 75% reporting that they had tried to stop smoking. The proportion of the population eating 5 or more portions of fruit or vegetables in a day rose from 37% to 43% over the last two survey years.  36% of the adult population are overweight, and 27% are obese, with no increase on last year but a general upward trend in obesity over the decade.

Republic of Ireland

The publication of the Northern Ireland data coincides with the publication of data from the Healthy Ireland Survey 2017 in the Republic of Ireland.  The key findings include: smoking is down 1% from 2015 figures to 22%; 76% of Ireland have drank alcohol in the past year, up 1% from 2016; the daily consumption of sugar sweetened drinks is up 2% from 2016 to 16%; 62% of Ireland is overweight or obese, up 1% from 2015.  This year, there is data on four new topics – active travel, sexual health, antibiotics and breastfeeding. 18% of Ireland uses active travel as part of their daily journey to work or education. 21% and 22% have had a HIV and STI/STD test, respectively, in their lifetime. In the previous 12 months, 39% were prescribed antibiotics. 49% of those with children indicated that at least one of their children has been breastfed.

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