Health at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators | Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development | OnMedica
A report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that the UK has the sixth highest rate of adult obesity. The report looks at health indicators across its 100 member countries.
It shows that almost 27% of the adult population of the UK is obese, compared with the OECD average of 19.4%. The UK has a smoking prevalence of 16.1%, which is below the OECD average of 18.4%.
However average alcohol consumption per UK adult is higher than the OECD average, with consumption averaging at 9.5 litres per adult. Although this is down from 10.4 litres in 2000, it is still above the OECD average, added to which harmful drinking among teens remains problematic. Nearly a third (30.5%) of 15-year-olds have been drunk at least twice in their life, compared with the OECD average of 22%.
Many quality of care indicators are close to or just below the OECD average, but avoidable hospital admissions are high, says the report.
Full document: Health at a glance 2017 – OECD indicators.