Napi.hu reports that 90 percent of the Hungarian adults feel that they are healthy, based on the European Health Interview Survey’s data.
According to the subjective survey, 90 percent of the Hungarian grown-up population believes that their health is at least satisfying. Also, six-tenths of them thinks that they are in good or very good shape. More men consider themselves healthy than women but
both genders showed an increasing level of optimism
since the previous survey five years ago.
Even though the Hungarian statistics show development, Hungary still fell behind the plus 10 percent EU average. The reason for this is that 16 percent of the Hungarians consider their health bad while this number is only 10 percent in the EU. In consequence, there are only five countries behind us on the list.
45 percent of the Hungarians are suffering from chronic illnesses. Half of the women and 40 percent of the men are involved.
Most common chronic illnesses are high blood pressure, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular illnesses.
Sickness and age seem to correlate because the amount of chronic illnesses is 45 percent among 35-64 years old people but 80 percent among those over 65. According to these statistics, there is also a connection between these and education: the more educated people are, the less chance they have to get chronic illnesses. Data showed relation between health and income: 60 percent of the lowest paid employees and 30 percent of the highest paid workers suffer from chronic diseases. 59 percent are limited in their everyday life due to their condition. However, data shows improvement here because, in 2009, this number was 70 percent. Those who live in a developed region have more chance to live without any limitations.
Even though only 26 percent went to their dentist in 6 months before the survey, every second Hungarian person is satisfied with their teeth’s condition. Surprisingly, 60 percent have a missed tooth without replacement.
Signs of depression can be noticed on every fourth Hungarian person (20 percent by men and 30 percent by women). 3,5 percent shows severe symptoms. People over 74 are more likely to be depressed, the number here is one-tenth. Disposition to depression is higher for those who are less educated or earn less than the average.
The bigger part of the society checks their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar level regularly. 11 percent got a flu shot in the previous year, this number is the highest among the elderly because 30 percent of the people over 65 got a flu shot. 84 percent has ever taken part in cytology and 60 percent in mammography.
71 percent took some kind of medication in two weeks prior to the questionary. It is more common among women and the elderly. 97 percent of the Hungarians needed medical treatment at least once in the previous year. Moreover, 85 percent visited their doctor.
Fruits and sports
Two-thirds of the Hungarian population consume fruits or vegetables daily, namely 72 percent of the women and 62 percent of the men. Elderly eats fresh fruits and vegetables most commonly, every fifth person over 65. On average, every third Hungarian do sports weekly and 40 percent cycles at least once every week. The daily 150 minutes physical activity suggested by WHO is typical only for 15 percent of the men and 10 percent of the women.
Smoking and alcohol consuming
A little bit more than one-fifth of the women and one-third of the men smoke. In the case of both genders, more smokers occur between the age of 18 and 34. One-fifth of the Hungarian adults has already quicked smoking already though. 7 percent of the people older than 15 consumes alcohol every day but they are abstinent. Every tenth man drinks too much while this is true only for every hundredth of the women. Heavy-drinking is characteristic mostly for elderly men, 7 percent of them consumes too much alcohol.
The average Hungarian
An average Hungarian man is 176,6 cm tall and weighs 83,6 kg. An average Hungarian woman is 163,5 cm tall and weighs 68,3 kg. The average body mass index (BMI) is 26,7 for men and 25,6 for women. BMI above 25 indicated overweight, that means, 61 percent of the men and 48 percent of the women are overweight.
If you are interested in the entire research, you can read it here in Hungarian.