The Scottish Health Survey


The Scottish Health Survey is commissioned annually by the Scottish Government to check trends in a wide range of public health measures.

The most recent survey – findings for 2014 – was published earlier this week and provides some interesting statistics that could be used in your conversations on creating a healthier Scotland.

The survey found that 76 per cent of 2 to 15 year olds met the physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes or more per day – up from 71 per cent in 2008. The proportion of adults physically active at the recommended level (150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week) stands at 63 per cent, and is relatively stable.

Other findings include:

  1. 74 per cent of adults continue to identify their health as good or very good.
  2. Both adult obesity and child obesity levels have remained relatively stable since 2008 – 28 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.
  3. In 2014 one in five adults (22 per cent) reported that they were current cigarette smokers, down from 28 per cent in 2003.
  4. Average weekly alcohol consumption is 13.6 units for men and 7.4 units for women.
  5. Twenty per cent of adults drink at harmful or hazardous levels. This has fallen since 2003 but has not changed significantly in recent years.

Download The Scottish Health Survey 2014 – Summary (657 kb).

You can find the Scottish Government press release here.

  • Looking at the results, where do you think our focus should be on improving the health of the population?
  • Thinking about the future of health and social care in Scotland, what else can be done to ensure that we live healthier lives?


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Healthier Scotland

The Scottish Government is inviting you to have your say on what a healthier Scotland should look like in the next 10 to 15 years.