Databank. Ethnic health inequalities

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 August 2001



(2001), "Databank. Ethnic health inequalities", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 31 No. 4.



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Databank. Ethnic health inequalities


Ethnic health inequalities

The most extensive survey of the health of ethnic minorities ever carried out in England, including children as well as adults, has recently published its results. Its findings for adults were that ischaemic heart disease was more prevalent in South Asian men, but lower in Chinese women. There were higher rates of stroke among black Caribbean and Indian men compared with the general population. Higher rates of diabetes were reported by men and women from ethnic minority groups except the Irish and Chinese. Men from the South Asian and Chinese communities were less likely to be obese compared with the general population but black Caribbean and Pakistani women were more likely to be obese. Chinese and Bangladeshi women were less likely to be obese. Compared with the general population Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Chinese men and South Asian and Chinese women were less likely to participate in physical activities. Among the findings for children were that children in all minority ethnic groups (except for the Irish) consumed less alcohol than the general population. Indian and Chinese children were much less likely to have drunk alcohol and rates of alcohol use were lowest among Pakistani and Bangladeshi children. Children in all minority ethnic groups, but especially Pakistani and Bangladeshi children, were less likely ever to have visited a dentist. Among those who had consulted a dentist it was more likely to be the result of problems with their teeth rather than a routine check-up. Full details of the survey can be found on the Department of Health Web site at

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