Health and health-related behaviours of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual adults
This report is the first to present nationally representative data on the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in England.
- The prevalence of limiting longstanding illness was higher among LGB adults (26%) than heterosexual adults (22%)
- A lower proportion of LGB adults (51%) were overweight or obese (51%) than heterosexual adults (63%)
- LGB adults had lower average mental wellbeing scores on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) (48.9) than heterosexual adults (51.4)
Health outcomes and health-related behaviours were analysed by age, sex and ethnicity. The data are based on a representative sample of adults, aged 16 and over, who participated in the Health Survey for England from 2011–2018. The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)’s analysis found that 2% of adults surveyed in 2011-2018 identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB).
Sokratis Dinos, Nicole Tay, Frances Shipsey, Alison Neave
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