Overweight and obesity
- 68% of men and 60% of women in England were overweight. This included 27% of men and 29% of women who were obese.
- In 2019, 18% of girls and 13% of boys aged 2 to 15 were obese.
- Children’s overweight and obesity was associated with that of their parents.
- 16% of adults screened positive for a possible eating disorder.
- 4% of adults reported their feelings about food interfered with aspects of their life.
- In 2019, 16% of adults were current smokers of cigarettes.
- 6% of adults were current users of e-cigarettes.
- The proportion of children aged 8 to 15 who had ever smoked a cigarette was 4% in 2019.
- 9% of 8 to 15 year olds had used an e-cigarette.
- In 2019, 19% of adults drank at increased or higher risk of harm (more than 14 units per week).
- 35% of children aged 13 to 15 reported having ever had a proper alcoholic drink. Small proportions of younger children had tried drinking: 1% aged 8 to 10 and 9% aged 11 to 12.
Providing care for family and friends
- In 2019, 17% of adults provided unpaid care to at least one person.
- 55% of those providing care received no help or support.
- In 2019, 14% of men and 11% of women had untreated hypertension (high blood pressure).
- The proportion of adults with raised total cholesterol decreased from 1998 to 2019 for both men (66% to 40%) and women (67% to 45%).
Use of health care services
- In 2019, 69% of men and 82% of women had consulted a GP in the last 12 months.
- 84% of adults had consulted the GP for solely a physical health problem compared to 5% for a mental health, nervous or emotional problem.
Download the HSE 2019 Summary report here.