The report of the second edition of the Québec Population Health Survey provides a portrait of aspects of the health of Quebecers. It focuses on lifestyle habits, preventive and risky behaviours, physical and mental health, environmental health and occupational health.
Data collected from 45,760 individuals are employed to develop, improve and monitor programs; the results are used to inform Quebecers of their health status and to feed discussions on how to improve health.
Results from Enquête québécoise sur la santé de la population 2014-2015, released by Institut de la statistique du Québec, show that
- Fewer Quebecers aged 15 and over smoke
- The percentage of smokers declined from 24% in 2008 to 19% in 2014–2015
The proportion of individuals who used drugs during the year preceding the survey has increased
- It rose from 13% in 2008 to 17% in 2014–2015
When looking at some of the new themes in the second edition of the survey that are related to lifestyle habits, results indicate that 30% of Quebecers are sedentary and that close to a fifth of the population has sugary drinks every day.
Obesity has progressed and now affects 19% of Quebecers aged 15 and over, compared with 16% in 2008. Psychological distress is also increasing, especially among women: almost a third of them experience high levels of distress