First results from Health Survey Northern Ireland 2016/17 are now available. This annual survey collects information on the health behaviours of the population in Northern Ireland age 16 and older. Prevalence of smoking has fallen to 20%, with 62% of smokers reporting that they wanted to quit and 75% reporting that they had tried to stop smoking. There were some positive trends evident in terms of the proportion of the population eating 5 or more portions of fruit or vegetables in a day which rose from 37% to 43% over the last two survey years. 36% of the adult population are overweight, and 27% are obese, with no increase on last year but a general upward trend in obesity over the decade.
The publication of this data coincides with the publication of data from the Healthy Ireland Survey 2017 in the Republic of Ireland.