Thursday, September 16News For London

Survey: health status of women in 20s in London

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Many women aged 20-30 are said to have not taken good care of themselves. Photo Credit: Yiwen Li

One third of females aged 16-24 and half of females aged 25-34 are overweight or obese in 2013, according to the latest annual report by the Department of Health.

A high proportion of women in their 20s in England lead an unhealthy lifestyle, said Professor Dame Sally Davies, author of the report.

Great alcohol consumptions, low level of physical activity and a poor diet are said in the report to be the three leading factors causing obesity or overweight.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) said that the failure of adopting a healthy behaviour not only affects women’s health, but might also bring about further consequences, such as an increase in the risk of pregnancy complications.

“In women, obesity can affect the outcomes of any pregnancies they have and the health of any future children they may have”, Professor Dame Sally Davies said.

Westminster World randomly asked females aged 20-30 in London to participate in a survey, to find out whether they have these unhealthy behaviours. 21 valid answers have been received.


According to the survey, about 30 per cent said they rarely do any activities; 30 per cent said they try to exercise once or twice a week. This data is in line with the results shown in Professor Dame Sally Davies’ report.

“I do not have much time to do sports”, Stassia Neres, 28, says, “also, after a whole day work, I only want to lay in a sofa and watch some TV.”

However, different from the report, the survey of Westminster World does not suggest drinking is a big problem for women in London.

Despite the 71 per cent of respondent who said do drink alcohol often, the majority said they only have some less than twice a week. Aida Saladia, 28, says she only drinks alcohol socially.

This does not suggest drinking is not a problem in the UK. Women in the UK are the fifth biggest drinkers in the world, out of 50 countries surveyed, according to the Global Drug Survey 2015. Also, a report released by World Health Organisation (WHO) unveiled the UK is among the countries that has the most prolific drinkers.

One point to note in the survey is that all respondents who value their lifestyle as unhealthy said to Westminster World that they are willing to adjust their lifestyle to be healthier if they get pregnant.

But it might be too late to do it, Professor Davies warned. “Once pregnant, many women are motivated to adopt healthy behaviours, but the first contact with antenatal care may come too late to ensure a healthy pregnancy and longer-term outcomes”.