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National Statistics

Health Survey for England 2017 [NS]

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01 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017


The Health Survey for England (HSE) monitors trends in the nation’s health and care. It provides information about adults aged 16 and over, and children aged 0 to 15, living in private households in England. The survey is used to monitor overweight and obesity and to estimate the proportion of people in England who have certain health conditions and the prevalence of risk factors and health related behaviours, such as smoking and drinking alcohol.

The survey consists of an interview, followed by a visit from a nurse who takes some measurements and blood and saliva samples. Adults and children aged 13 to 15 were interviewed in person, and parents of children aged 0 to 12 answered on behalf of their children for many topics. Children aged 8 to 15 filled in a self-completion booklet about their drinking and smoking behaviour.

In total 7,997 adults (aged 16 and over) and 1,985 children (aged 0 to 15) were interviewed. 5,196 adults and 1,195 children had a nurse visit.

Key facts

64% of adults were overweight or obese
With children of overweight or obese parents more likely to be obese or overweight themselves.
18% of children had five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day
The mean number of portions consumed per day was 3.2.
17% of adults were current cigarette smokers
6% of adults were current users of e-cigarettes.
19% of adults had 3 or more out of 5 risk factors
A further 32% had 2 risk factors.
14% of adults reported having had a diagnosed cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease was more prevalent in lower income households.
16% of adults were providing unpaid support to at least one person with long-term mental or physical health problems, a disability, or with problems related to old age
Half said their caring role had an effect on their health.


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