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Scottish Health Survey results for Health Boards

Published: 15 Mar 2016 09:30

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland's Chief Statistician today released Scottish Health Survey results for Health Boards, providing information on the health and factors relating to health of adults and children in each health board area in Scotland during the period 2012 to 2014.

Main facts and statistics

In 2012-2014, obesity prevalence among adults in Western Isles (38 per cent), Orkney (37 per cent), Ayrshire and Arran (33 per cent), Lanarkshire (32 per cent) and Fife (31 per cent) were significantly higher than the rate for Scotland overall (27 per cent). In Lothian (23 per cent) and Greater Glasgow and Clyde (24 per cent) obesity rates were significantly lower than the Scottish average.

Lothian had a significantly higher proportion of adults whose alcohol consumption exceeded government guidelines applicable at the time (44 per cent) compared to the Scottish average of 40 per cent. Western Isles and Dumfries and Galloway had a significantly lower proportion of adults drinking outwith the guidelines (28 per cent and 35 per cent respectively).

The proportion of regular smokers in Orkney (18 per cent) and Grampian (20 per cent) was significantly lower than the Scotland figure.

The proportion of adults meeting physical activity guidelines did not vary significantly compared to the Scotland average in any health board area.

The proportion of individuals reporting a doctor-diagnosed cardiovascular condition was significantly higher than the Scottish average of 16 per cent in Ayrshire and Arran (19 per cent).

The figures released today were produced in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.


The full statistical release presents results for each NHS Board area. As the population age profile varies by health board, and age is strongly associated with health outcomes and behaviours, figures are not directly comparable. Results are intended to represent the populations in each area.

Official statistics are produced in accordance with professional standards. More information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: