The recent health and lifestyle survey provides estimates of Jamaica’s health status across leading public health issues. Namely:

  • Communicable Diseases – Zika Virus and Chikungunya
  • Non-Communicable Diseases – Hypertension, Diabetes, Anemia, Overweight and Obesity, Mental Health
  • Lifestyle – Dietary Practices, Physical Activity, Skin Bleaching, Violence and Injuries, Substance Abuse
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health – Sexual Practices, Male Urinary Health, Women’s Health.

This is the third time in Jamaica’s history that this survey has been conducted. There’s a lot of information in the latest report.Ā  So here are just 5 findings to get you started.

  1. 8 out of 10 Jamaicans had a positive serum (blood) test for Chikungunya
  2. The prevalence of hypertension in rising
  3. 1 out of 2 of Jamaica were classified as overweight (pre-obese or obese)
  4. The highest prevalence of depression was seen in Jamaicans 75 years and older
  5. More than 70% of the population had insufficient resources or access to safe, adequate or nutritious foods

Keep reading the Preliminary Key Findings below:

For a deeper look at the overweight data, see The Chubby Awards by Dr. Alfred Dawes

Source: Ministry of Health