A compendium of factsheets: wellbeing across the lifecourse: health behaviours and wellbeing

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
6 February 2014
Social Policy, Health Services
Social welfare
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These factsheets give a flavour of some of the important issues and relationships between wellbeing and health throughout someone’s life. For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing. The evidence is largely from published, peer reviewed documents and each factsheet provides references for readers wishing to follow up the literature in more detail. The documents have all been peer reviewed by independent experts.

The key facts of this factsheet are: smoking is associated with lower levels of wellbeing with evidence of a causal link; physical activity is beneficial to wellbeing - those who met government physical activity guidelines reported the highest levels of wellbeing; an increase in the number of portions consumed is associated with increases in levels of wellbeing; people of normal weight had higher levels of wellbeing compared with those who were overweight or obese; perceptions of body weight also matters to wellbeing; and psychiatric disorders were more prevalent in a drug-dependant population.

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