Friday, 18 December 2015

Health Survey for England, 2014

Health Survey for England, 2014 The Health Survey for England series was designed to monitor trends in the nation’s health, to estimate the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions, and to estimate the prevalence of risk factors associated with these conditions. Health and Social Care Information Centre


Key facts

Alcohol

In 2014, a minority of adults, (15 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women), did not drink alcohol. The majority, 63 per cent of men and 62 per cent of women, drank at levels considered to be at lower risk of alcohol-related harm: that is 21 units or less per week for men and 14 units or less for women. 22 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women drank more than this.

Obesity
Around a quarter of adults in 2014 were obese1, (24 per cent of men and 27 per cent of women). Being overweight2 was more common than being obese and 41 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women were overweight, but not obese.

Providing unpaid social care
All survey respondents aged 16 and over were asked if they had given unpaid social care in the last month to someone because of long-term physical or mental ill-health, a disability or problems relating to old age. 17 per cent provided this type of unpaid help or support to other people. Most commonly, they did so for between 1-9 hours in the last week; 48 per cent of adults who provided such care.

Social Care for people aged 65 or over
24 per cent of older men and 33 per cent of older women needed help with at least one activity related to personal care and mobility about the home that is basic to daily living, such as having a bath or shower or getting up and down stairs (described as Activities of Daily Living or ADLs). Overall, 11 per cent of men and 13 per cent of women received at least some help with one or more ADLs in the last month, which is slightly under half of those reporting that they needed help.

Planning for future social care
Participants aged 30 and over were asked whether they had thought about how they will pay for care when they are older. Almost half (49 per cent) said they had thought it; 40 per cent said that they hadn’t thought about it at all, and 11 per cent said they knew that they should have thought about it but hadn’t yet.

Hearing
18 per cent of adults reported hearing difficulties. 8 per cent reported that they had moderate or great difficulty, having a conversation with several people in a group. 5 per cent reported that they used a hearing aid.

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