Although more than eight in 10 people report that they are in good health, more than half of us are overweight and more than one in three have a long standing illness or condition, according to the CSO.
Results from the self-reported Irish Health Survey 2015 show that 83% of people surveyed rank their own health as good or very good, while 14% rate their health as fair.
Some 3% believe their health is poor or very poor.
However, 35% of all respondents can be classified as overweight, with a further 18% classified as obese, according to their body mass index.
The study finds 3% of the group are underweight.
More than three in ten people over the age of 15 who took part in the survey say they have a long-standing illness or health condition.
The most reported health conditions are chronic back defects (19%), high blood pressure (16%), and allergies such as rhinitis, eye inflammation, dermatitis, food allergies, or other allergies, excluding allergic asthma (14%).
The survey finds that one in five (22%) in the group are smokers, with 15% of people saying they smoke regularly and 7% reporting that they smoke occasionally.
The majority of those surveyed consume alcohol (81%), with one in six reporting that they binge drink at least once a week.
This figure varies between the genders, with a higher percentage of men (24%) than women (8%) drinking over six or more standard drinks in one sitting every week.
With 8% of people experiencing symptoms of moderate depression in the previous two weeks prior to answering the survey, 10% of 15-24-year-olds said they visited a psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychotherapist in the previous year.
Conversely, one in fifty over-75s reported visiting a mental health professional in the prior 12 months
One in four people say they eat five or more portions of fruit or vegetables daily, with half of women (48%) and a third of men (35%) eating at least five portions a day, the survey finds.
A quarter of the population (24%) report missing at least one day of work due to an illness in the previous year, with 74% of people visiting a GP at least once in the previous year, with the 25-34 age group the highest percentage absent from work.
The average number of GP visits was 6.2, according to the report. More than one in ten people were admitted to a hospital over the previous year.
The report also finds that 35% of people visited a medical or surgical consultant in the prior 12 months.
The survey finds that one in ten people reported providing care to someone with chronic health condition — with 86% reporting they are caring for a family member. The average number of hours providing care is 44.7 per week.
However, this figure varies depending on the respondent’s location; in the border region, respondents spent on average 54.6 hours providing care, compared to 39.6 hours in the mid-east region.
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