This chapter examines subjective well-being and the relationship between this and a range of health and health-related lifestyle factors in the adult population.
Men and women
- The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale ranges from 14-70; the mean score was 52.5 for men and 52.2 for women.
- Wellbeing is lowest for men and women who are middle aged, peaks in those aged 65-74 and then falls in those aged 85 and over.
- On average, those living in lower income households had lower wellbeing scores than those living in higher income households.
Health and activity
- Men and women who said their health in general was ‘very bad’ had average well-being scores of 40.6 and 38.0 respectively, compared with scores of 55.8 for men and 55.7 for women who rated their health as ‘very good’.
- On average, men and women who had a normal BMI had higher wellbeing scores than those who were overweight or obese.
- On average, participants who met government guidelines for the recommended levels of physical activity had higher wellbeing scores than others.
- Perhaps unsurprisingly, a low wellbeing score was most strongly associated with probable mental ill health, anxiety and depression, and low self-reported general health.