Nearly a quarter of Amsterdammers indicated at the end of last year that they felt more gloomy due to the corona crisis. Young residents in particular have complaints. This is evident from the Amsterdam Health Monitor 2020 of the GGD. But there are also positive developments. We drank less alcohol during corona time and the percentage of smokers decreased in the last 5 years. A plan for the five years should further improve the health of Amsterdammers.
Amsterdammers with a low level of education, a minimum of a non-Western migration background have physical and physical complaints and an unhealthy lifestyle, according to the monitor.
Center, West and South positive
The health problems are not spread across the city. For example, the figures are negative for large groups in North, Southeast and New West, while residents of the Center, West and South assess their own goods positively. Many highly educated and middle-income residents live in these city districts, which largely makes the score a victory
Increase in mental complaints
Van de Amsterdammers have more than psychological complaints, ranging from substance to mild. The numbers have been increasing since 2012. The expansion is mainly seen among 18 to 35-year-olds, students and the highly educated. Also loneliness in recent years teen. With name in Southeast and North. More 55 to 64 year olds feel lonely.
Better physical health at a glance:
- The percentage of smokers has fallen sharply in recent years and more residents do not smoke.
- 24 percent drink less alcohol because of the crisis
- 13 percent drink more
- The use of laughing gas will be lager in 2020 than in 2016
- Cannabis use increased between 2012 and 2016, but has stabilized at 22% in 2020.
- The proportion of Amsterdammers who are overweight is stable between 2008 and 2020.
The Health Policy Memorandum 2021-2025 will be published shortly, in which the Executive Board sets out how it wants to further improve the health of Amsterdammers.
About the monitor
Every four years, the GGD conducts a survey for the Amsterdam Health Monitor among independently living residents aged 18 and older in the Amsterdam-Amstelland region. The 2020 monitor will be conducted during the second corona wave in the period from September 10 to December 16, 2020. The study asked about the influence of the corona crisis on a large number of health themes.