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Scottish Health Survey - UK comparisons

31/08/2010

Scotland's Chief Statistician today published a report comparing results from the 2008 Scottish Health Survey with other UK countries' health surveys. This report is one of a series of Scottish Health Survey topic reports providing in-depth analysis into specific topics.

All Scottish and Welsh data in the report have previously been published. Some of the data for England have previously been published but in some instances figures have been re-analysed to ensure they were comparable. All of the figures for Northern Ireland are based on re-analysis using the data from the UK Data Archive.

The results of the 2009 Scottish Health Survey will be published on September 28, 2010.

Main Findings

  • Women in Scotland were more likely to have a limiting long-term condition than women in England (28 per cent vs 25 per cent). Men in Wales (26 per cent) had higher rates of limiting long-term conditions than men in Scotland (23 per cent). These differences were marginally significant
  • Twelve per cent of men and 17 per cent of women in Scotland had a high GHQ12 score (indicating possible psychiatric disorder), the rates in Northern Ireland were significantly higher (16 per cent for men and 21 per cent for women). Scotland and England had similar rates of high GHQ12
  • The prevalence of any CVD condition or diabetes among women in Scotland (15.5 per cent) was higher than the comparable rates for women in England (13.0 per cent) or Northern Ireland (12.8 per cent). This was also true of any CVD condition
  • Men in Scotland (25 per cent) were less likely than those in England (30 per cent) to have drunk within the Government guidelines on their heaviest drinking day in the last week. The same was true for women (21 per cent in Scotland versus 26 per cent in England)
  • Mean daily alcohol consumption was higher among men in Scotland (6.2 units) than men in England (4.3 units), the same was true for women (3.5 units versus 2.2).
  • 27 per cent of men in Scotland smoked compared with 24 per cent in England. The equivalent figures for women were 25 per cent and 20 per cent. Women in Scotland were also more likely to smoke than women in Wales (25 per cent versus 22 per cent).
  • 20 per cent of men and 24 per cent of women in Scotland ate the recommended five or more portions a day compared with 25 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women in England.
  • In men, the prevalence of overweight including obesity (BMI 25 or more) was significantly higher in Scotland (68.5 per cent) than in Northern Ireland (64.1 per cent).
  • In women, overweight including obesity prevalence was significantly higher in Scotland (61.8 per cent) than in England (56.9 per cent) or Northern Ireland (54.0 per cent).
  • Obesity prevalence (BMI 30 or more) in women was also significantly higher in Scotland (27.5 per cent) than in England (24.9 per cent) or Northern Ireland (23.5 per cent).

National statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff.