5 Nov 2019

NZers less positive about health and wellbeing - Stats NZ

1:18 pm on 5 November 2019

New Zealanders are feeling less positive about their general health and wellbeing, according to a survey from Stats NZ.

Stats NZ's General Social Survey.

Stats NZ's General Social Survey. Photo: Stats NZ

The General Social Survey shows one in six people - or 17 percent - aged 15 and over rated their health as "excellent" in 2018. That's a fall from 25 percent in 2010.

The decline goes across all age groups, however younger people feel less chipper.

Wellbeing and housing statistics manager Claire Bretherton said people with higher incomes were more likely to feel better about their health, compared to lower income earners.

"People with higher incomes may have better access to healthcare and healthier lifestyles," she said.

She said there were some reasons why people were not feeling as "excellent".

"Greater awareness and social acceptance of mental health problems may mean that people are more likely to identify those health issues in themselves."

The General Social Survey started in 2008 and asks people to rate their general health - including physical and mental health.

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