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Table 5 Comparison of results

From: Ten years of lesbian health survey research in the UK West Midlands

Health indicator Range from surveys Previous UK research on lesbian and bisexual women Similar results from routinely collected data
Smoking 42–55% N/A 21% (W Midlands women aged 16+) 28% (UK single women aged 16+)
Alcohol 23–37% N/A 7% (W Midlands women aged 16+) 19% (UK single women aged 16+)
Obesity 16–17% N/A 16% (W Midlands women aged 16+) 19% (UK single women aged 16+)
Eating disorders 5–16% N/A 0.5–1% Anorexia Nervosa, 1–3% Bulimia Nervosa (UK male and female)
Mental health problems/depression 31–35% (RR 1.24) 10.8% mixed anxiety and depression (UK women)
Lifetime suicide rate 20–31% N/A 14% (UK adults)
Breast self-examination 40–51% 40% 33–45% (UK female population)
Cervical smear attendance 55–61% 55% 82% (W Midlands women aged 25–64)