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Health and wellbeing

The Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey (JOLS) provides many of these figures. JOLS is an annual survey run by to collect data from a sample of adult Jersey residents. Statistics Jersey runs the survey each year, but we don’t always ask the same questions. For example, we only ask height and weight questions (used to calculate obesity) every other year.

Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey - latest report and past reports

Self-health rating

  • Very good
  • Good
  • Satisfactory
  • Poor
  • Very poor

Percentage of adult Jersey residents who rate their health as 'Good' or 'Very Good'

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data


To read the latest health profile for Jersey, follow the link below

Jersey Health Profile 2022

Note: The 2021 data for self-health rating was taken from the 2021 Census results. This means the data was taken from the population as a whole rather than a representative sample. The JOLS survey was not conducted in 2021.

Longstanding illness and disability

JOLS asks people whether they suffer from a long-term illness or disability. Also, does that illness or disability affect their lives a little, or a lot. 

Percentage of adult Jersey residents who suffer from long term illness or disability, and its impact

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Note: The 2021 data for long standing illness and disability was also taken from the 2021 Census results. The results can be viewed in more detail in Census bulletin 3 - Health characteristics.

Wellbeing

JOLS asks people in Jersey to rate their happiness, anxiety, satisfaction with life and feeling that life is worthwhile on a 0-10 scale. Statistics Jersey adopted this method of measuring wellbeing in 2017.

Wellbeing Scores from JOLS 2020

Low 
(0 to 4)
​Medium
(5 to 6)
High 
(7 to 8)
Very high 
(9 to 10)
Mean Score
Satisfied with life15%
21%​48% 16%6.74
Life is worthwhile12% ​19%
43%26%7.10
Happy
14%19%​38%29%7.07
High 
(6 to 10)
​Medium
(4 to 5)
Low 
(2 to 3)
Very low 
(0 to 1)
Mean Score
Anxious25%15%​25%34%3.31

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Mean average wellbeing scores from JOLS (satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness)

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Mean average wellbeing scores from JOLS (anxiety)

 

Source: Statistics Jersey

Note: The scoring of the anxiety is reversed compared to the other three questions (a low score is good)

Adult obesity

We calculate peoples’ body mass index (BMI) from the height and weight they report in JOLS. We categorise the BMI score as normal, overweight or obese. 

To read the latest report on obesity, diet and physical activity, follow the link below

Obesity, diet and physical activity profile, 2021

Percentage of Jersey adults categorised as overweight or obese

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Child obesity

The ‘Jersey Child Measurement Programme’ records the height and weight of all schoolchildren in Reception and Year 6 classes. We use each child’s height and weight to calculate their body mass index (BMI). Using the BMIs, we categorise each child as 'underweight', 'normal weight', 'overweight' or 'obese'. 

To read the latest child measurement report, follow the link below

Jersey child measurement programme 2022/2023

Percentage of Reception aged children categorised as overweight and obese

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Percentage of Year 6 children categorised as overweight and obese

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

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