Overview

Although this lifestyle section is concerned, principally, with describing behaviours that impact on health in the city, it is recognised that lifestyles “choices” are related to wider life circumstances such deprivation, physical environment, mental health and wellbeing and early-life experiences. 

Click on our infographic to the right to see the key facts from this indicator set.

Lifestyle infographic - if you require an accessible version or transcript, please email info@gcph.co.uk

Summary

Trends and inequalities in lifestyle related factors in Glasgow provide a mixed picture: 

  • Adult smoking rates have reduced over the last 10 years but nearly one third of adults in Glasgow still smoke. 
  • Alcohol related deaths rose steeply from the early 1990s and are the highest in Scotland for both men and women, but have reduced slightly in recent years.
  • Drug related deaths and problematic drug use in Glasgow are particularly high and are both double the Scottish average.
  • Levels of adult physical activity had been improving in both Greater Glasgow* and Scotland although no improvements have been seen in Greater Glasgow & Clyde or Scotland since 2008.
  • Obesity rates have risen over the last 10 years in Greater Glasgow*; locally and nationally; just under a quarter of the adults in Glasgow city are obese and approximately two-thirds are defined as overweight (BMI = 25+). 
  • Damaging behaviours are, in the main, more common in the more deprived areas of the city. This is particularly notable for smoking, alcohol and drug related harm. 

 

The lifestyle topics covered in this section are not comprehensive but do reflect some of the key health-related issues for the city: smoking, alcohol, drugs, diet, physical activity and obesityEach of these factors cannot be seen in isolation but relate to many other aspects of life in the city. In the Resources section we make the links between lifestyle factors and these other related factors.

The children's indicators section of Understanding Glasgow contains more detailed information on aspects of children's lifestyles, health and wellbeing within Glasgow.

Notes:

When referring to Glasgow we mean the area covered by Glasgow City Council and when referring to Greater Glasgow/Greater Glasgow and Clyde we mean the wider region covered by the NHS Board of that name.

*In 2006 the NHS Greater Glasgow health board merged with other regions to become NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


Additional Resources

  • Resource
    Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    Exploring alcohol-related harm in Glasgow

    A new report from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health explores the increasing burden of alcohol related deaths in Glasgow from a local, national and international context.
  • Resource
    Thursday, 26 May 2011

    Your Better Life Index

    A new, interactive index allowing users to measure and compare their lives.
  • Resource
    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
  • Resource
    Wednesday, 19 August 2009

    A Games Legacy for Glasgow

    Brochure outlining the potential legacy of Glasgow's role as Commonwealth Games host city in 2014.
  • Resource
    Friday, 17 July 2009

    Views of Health in Glasgow - Video

    Originally, produced for an international audience at a conference in Pittsburgh, USA, this film provides insights on health concerns and beliefs drawn from interviews with Glaswegians themselves and with a group of health experts.
  • Resource
    Monday, 3 April 2006

    Let Glasgow Flourish

    A comprehensive report on health and its determinants in Glasgow and West Central Scotland
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