Health risk factors
A range of genetic, social, economic and environmental factors are recognised as increasing the risk of developing a particular health condition. Specific lifestyle and related factors which have been identified as negatively impacting health include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
- Poor diet and nutrition
- Lack of physical activity.
Health risk factor topics included in the 2017-18 NHS were:
- Alcohol consumption
- Physical activity
- Fruit and vegetable consumption
- Sugar sweetened and diet drink consumption
- Blood pressure
- Body mass and physical measurements (e.g. height, weight and waist circumference).
See the respective chapters of this Users' Guide for details of what information NHS collected.