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Health Survey for England - 2009, Trend tables

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Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Strategic Health Authorities
Date Range:
01 Jan 2009 to 31 Dec 2009


The Health Survey for England is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health-related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England. The survey was commissioned originally by the Department of Health and, from April 2005 by The NHS Information Centre for health and social care. The Health Survey for England has been designed and carried out since 1994 by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University College London Medical School (UCL).

The trend tables focus upon key changes in core topics and measurements. These include estimates of the number, as well as the proportion, of people with a range of health related problems and lifestyle behaviours.


  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in 2009 was at 32.0% among men and 26.9% among women. Compared with 2003, the proportion in 2009 with controlled hypertension increased among men (5.4% to 8.3%), although the proportion among women was not significantly different (6.0% in 2003, 7.2% in 2009).
  • Between 1993 and 2009, mean height varied little from year to year. There was no obvious pattern of height variation across years for men and women within any age band.
  • Between 1993 and 2009, there has been a marked increase in the proportion that was obese. This proportion increased from 13% of men in 1993 to 22% in 2009 and from 16% of women in 1993 to 24% in 2009.
  • The percentage of women who had never regularly smoked increased from 52% in 1993 to 58% in 2009, while the proportion of current smokers decreased overall in the same period, falling from 26% to 20%. As with men, there were no significant changes in the proportion of women who smoked fewer than 10 cigarettes per day (7% in 2009).
  • For both men and women the proportion that consumed five or more portions per day increased significantly to a peak in 2006, from 22% in 2001 to 28% in 2006 among men, and from 25% to 32% among women. However, the proportion of adults consuming five or more portions a day was lower in 2008, when 25% of men and 29% of women reported consuming five or more portions.


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