This indicator measures the proportion of adults with two or more health risk behaviours.

Health risk behaviours are classed as current smoker, harmful drinking, low physical activity and obesity.

Source of Data:

The data for this indicator is drawn from a section of the Scottish Health Survey.

Information on the Scottish Health Survey can be found here.


The four health risks included in this indicator are;

  • Current smoker
  • Drinking above the recommended weekly limit of 14 units per week
  • Failing to meet the physical activity recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderately intensive physical activity or 75 minutes vigorous activity per week or an equivalent combination of both.
  • Obesity (having a Body Mass Index of 30 or over).

Criteria for Change:

At least a 2 percentage point change would be required to constitute a change in performance.

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