14 June 2017
A new tool shows how people in England's smoking, drinking and healthy eating habits have changed over the past 25 years, in a new, easy to understand, format.
Statistics on how many of us are overweight, obese or still lighting up cigarettes can now be compared from the early 1990s right up to the present day.
Smoking and obesity levels in adults and children are not the only stats users will be able to get their teeth stuck into with graphs charting fruit, veg and alcohol consumption, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and general health charts also being made available.
The general trends over the past 25 years show changes to public health challenges. We are smoking and drinking less, but more people are deemed overweight and obese then they were a quarter of a century ago.
The interactive portal will also chart when some major health policy or legislation came into effect, so people can see what percentage of the population were smokers at the time of landmark moments such as the 'smoking ban' and the ban on tobacco advertising.
The project is an amalgamation of statistics collated from the Health Survey for England2 that has documented our health, fitness and lifestyles since 1991.
The new interactive tool, which has been developed by NatCen Social Research, will make viewing the changes in our lifestyles more accessible to more people and will mean that trends across time can be quickly spotted without the need to trawl through large tables of figures.
The changing lifestyles of people in England over the past quarter of a century have been released together for the first time in an interactive format.
The 25 years of Health Survey for England statistics will chart changes across a total of seven key health and lifestyle indicators3.
The trends can be broken down into different age groups and draw comparisons between lifestyles of men and women.
The trend graphs can also be downloaded and shared on social media.
Steve Webster, Information Analysis Lead Manager for NHS Digital, said: "This new tool will make 25 years' worth of lifestyle trends more accessible to the general public and people who are not experts in the field.
"People will now be able to see the wide-ranging trends in the population's health over the past 25 years and see how these trends match their own experiences over time."