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2009 Scotland Health Survey results

The results of the 2009 Scottish Health Survey were published on September 28, 2010. The main findings include Women in Scotland were more likely to have a limiting long-term condition than women in England (28% vs 25%). Men in Wales (26%) had higher rates of limiting long-term conditions than men in Scotland (23%). These differences were marginally significant.
12% of men and 17% of women in Scotland had a high GHQ12 score (indicating possible psychiatric disorder), the rates in Northern Ireland were significantly higher (16% for men and 21% 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%) was higher
than the comparable rates for women in England (13.0%) or Northern Ireland (12.8%). This was also true of any CVD condition. Men in Scotland (25%) were less likely than those in England (30%) to have drunk within the Government guidelines on their heaviest drinking day in the last week. The same was true for women (21% in Scotland versus 26% 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% of men in Scotland smoked compared with 24% in England. The equivalent figures for women were 25% and 20%. Women in Scotland were also more likely to smoke than women in Wales (25% versus 22%).
20% of men and 24% of women in Scotland ate the recommended five or more portions a day compared with 25% of men and 29% of women in England.
In men, the prevalence of overweight including obesity (BMI 25 or more) was significantly higher in Scotland (68.5%) than in Northern Ireland (64.1%).
In women, overweight including obesity prevalence was significantly higher in Scotland (61.8%) than in England (56.9%) or Northern Ireland (54.0%).
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