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Health Survey for England, 2021 part 2

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Health Survey for England, 2021 part 2


The Health Survey for England is used to estimate the proportion of people in England who have health conditions, and the prevalence of risk factors and behaviours associated with certain health conditions. The surveys provide regular information that cannot be obtained from other sources.

Health Survey for England 2021 is published in 2 parts, part 2 features:

  • Adults’ health covering general health, diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension
  • Loneliness and wellbeing
  • Physical activity
  • Social care for older adults
  • Gambling.

Key findings

77% of adults reported good or very good general health. 6% reported bad or very bad health.

40% of adults had at least one longstanding illness or condition.

27% of adults reported that they never felt lonely. However, 22% of adults felt lonely at least some of the time, including 6% who reported that they often or always felt lonely.

62% of adults who reported bad or very bad health reported that they felt lonely at least some of the time, compared to 35% of adults with fair health and 18% of those with good or very good health

A higher proportion of men (70%) than women (59%) aged 16 and over met the 2011 aerobic guidelines

of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week or an equivalent combination of both, in sessions of 10 minutes or more.

Among adults who had gambled in the last 12 months, their PGSI scores identified 5.8% as engaging in at-risk or problem gambling compared with 18.2% of those who had gambled online.

10% of adults had participated in any online gambling during the last 12 months. 

Part 1 was published in December 2022 and featured:

  • Smoking, E-cigarettes and Alcohol 
  • Overweight and obesity.

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