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Health and health-related behaviours of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual adults

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This report is the first to present nationally representative data on the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in England.

Findings

  • 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)

Methodology

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).

Research team

Sokratis Dinos, Nicole Tay, Frances Shipsey, Alison Neave

Read the full report on the NHS Digital website