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Vietnamese Health Index

Indochina Research are happy to share the findings of the 2020 WIN World survey which explores the views and beliefs of people in Vietnam and 44 other countries about health habits. More focus is of course given on Vietnamese food consumption in this newsletter but feel free to check the WIN Association website for further analysis globally.

The WIN World study was conducted in November 2019, and even though it was before the outbreak of the COVID-19, it can still help us to understand how people feel about their health, as well as their health-related activities to help you reflect yourself and have timely adjustment.  

Wishing you all a happy and healthy end of the week ahead!

1. How healthy world citizens perceive themselves?


  • China and Indonesia are the two countries with the highest percentage of people who considered themselves to be healthy (95% and 93% respectively).
  • Vietnam ranks 6th with 88% of Vietnamese considered themselves to be in good health.
  • The two countries with the lowest rates were Hong Kong (57%) and Poland (47%).
  • Interestingly, out of the 10 countries with the highest health perception, 7 out of 10 are from Asia and the only "western" country is France (8th), Mexico (5th), and Nigeria (4th) complete the Palmares. 

2. Vietnamese Health-related habit


Compared to 2018, Vietnamese people have made improvements, even small, in their health-related habits. Specifically, people have been:

  • drinking less alcohol,
  • exercising more, and
  • are more interested in dieting.

Females have a higher tendency of going on a diet (47%), compared to males (27%).

Also, there is a habit associated with protecting the lungs, especially in this COVID-19 epidemic, which is smoking, which witnessed no improvement. And men still have very high rates of smoking  (56%), while 96% of females claimed that they never smoke.
In addition, men tend to drink alcohol much more than women (60% compared to 18%).
It will be interesting to track changes in the coming edition.

3. Vietnamese food consumption trends


Regarding foods consumption, Vietnamese people tend to follow the same trend :

  • Reduce fast food consumption - 42%
  • Reduce the use of packaged food - 38%
  • Increase the use of organic food +35%
  • Reduce eating sweets - 34%
  • Increase the selection of low-fat/ low sugar  foods + 20%

Assessing by city, Hanoians tend to be more health-conscious in 2019, as they reduced more their use of sweets and fast food, and increase their use of Organic foods compared to citizens of Ho Chi Minh city.

Young people aged 18-30 years old tend to be less health-conscious as the 30-year-old and older group, since they increased their consumption of packaged foods, as well as of sweets and fast food.

We hope that you will find effective ways to improve your health and stay safe through this Covid-19 period!

Download the full WIN world report HERE


Image 1: How healthy world citizens perceive themselves?

Image 2: Vietnamese Health-related habit

Image 3: Vietnamese food consumption trends


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