NCBI Bookshelf. Broadly speaking, adolescence is understood to mean the period between childhood and adulthood. Although the precise age range it encompasses is debatable, it is agreed that during this period young people experience rapid physical and cognitive growth, reach puberty, and move from the relative security of childhood to confront an array of social and other life challenges. Adolescents are defined here as to year-olds and are currently They are generally healthy, yet an overview of the health status of this demographic group illustrates the breadth of the public health challenge they present. This chapter begins with a portrait of the health and circumstances of U.
Obesity tops list of biggest health problems for kids in | National Poll on Children's Health
With the joys of parenthood comes a host of worries. According to a report by the University of Michigan C. Childhood obesity continues to outrank all other health problems as the number-one concern for children in the U. While 35 percent of adults believed childhood obesity was a major problem in , that number increased to 42 percent in And for the first time, all three major ethnic groups white, Hispanic and black agree that obesity is the most pressing concern facing American children. Rates of childhood obesity have tripled in the last 25 years, putting many children at risk for diabetes and heart disease, according to a report in Academic Pediatrics.
The Top 10 Health Concerns for Children – and How to Treat Them
Childhood obesity tops the list of the biggest health problems for children in an annual public survey conducted by the C. This contrasts with the survey, in which obesity was rated third, behind smoking and drug abuse. Those problems remain in the top 3 in In April , the Poll asked adults to rate 20 different health concerns for children living in their communities.
Through recent research, it has been recognized that pregnancy and childbirth have a significant impact on educational outcomes of teen parents. Children who are born to teen mothers also experience a wide range of problems. For example, they are more likely to:. Teen pregnancy costs U.