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Health Survey for England 2019 [NS]

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Health Survey for England 2019 [NS]


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 consists of an interview, followed by a visit from a nurse who takes some measurements and blood and saliva samples. Interviews for children aged 0 to 12 were carried out with a parent; children aged 13 to 15 were interviewed directly. Children aged 8 to 15 filled in a self-completion booklet about their drinking and smoking behaviour and young adults, aged between 16 and 17 completed these questions directly into a computer.

A total of 8,205 adults (aged 16 and over) and 2,095 children (aged 0 to 15) were interviewed in the 2019 survey. 4,947 adults and 1,169 children had a nurse visit.

Each survey in the series includes core questions, and measurements such as blood pressure, height and weight measurements and analysis of blood and saliva samples. In addition, there are modules of questions on specific topics that vary from year to year.

The Main Findings follow this page via the link at the bottom. Detailed reports and a link to the supporting Excel tables can be found further down this page and include:

• Overweight and obesity in adults and children

• Eating Disorders

• Adults' health-related behaviours (includes smoking and alcohol consumption)

• Children’s health (includes smoking and alcohol consumption)

• Providing care to family and friends

• Adults' health (includes diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol)

• Use of health care services

Data is for England, 2019

Among adults 16 and over, 68% of men and 60% of women were overweight or obese

Obesity increased across age groups up to 75 years old

Among children, 18% of boys and 13% of girls were obese

Children with an obese parent were more likely to be obese

16% of adults aged 16 and over screened positive for a possible eating disorder

Women were more likely to screen positive than men and the proportion screening positive increased as household income decreased

18% of men and 15% of women currently smoke cigarettes

7% of men and 5% of women currently use e-cigarettes

17% of adults aged 16 and over provided unpaid care to family or friends

Over half (55%) of those received no help or support and almost 1 in 5 (19%) suffered financial difficulties due to their caring responsibility

14% of men and 11% of women had untreated high blood pressure

The highest proportions were seen in the North West and North East of England

Last edited: 18 August 2023 1:50 pm