New analysis shows the prevalence of unhealthy lifestyle behaviours in adults and the number of those with more than one risk factor to their health. A multiple risk score is calculated by combining information on whether individuals:
13% of adults had no risk factors, and 36% had only one risk. 32% of adults had a combination of two risks and 19% had three or more.
Men are more likely (54%) than women (47%) to have two or more risk factors. The pattern of combinations of risk factors varied between men and women.
Regionally, the West Midlands (58%) had the highest proportion of adults with two or more risk factors while London had the lowest (43%).
Adults in the lowest income households (26%) were twice as likely as those in highest income households (13%) to have three or more risk factors.