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
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%).