7 Major health issues that teens faces todayNuturemite
With time it’s normal to worry about your child’s health, especially during the teen years as they gain self-dependence and make their decisions. Parents need to know about the health risks teenagers face and to discuss them together. After that verify that the teens are well-informed and better-equipped to make healthy choices on her/his own can give you both peace of mind.
Here look at some top 7 health risks teens facing today:
- Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teen death in various countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every day seven to eight teens between the ages of 16 to 19 dies from motor vehicle injuries. The emergency registers always have teens cases for serious injuries.
- The teenage group from 16 to 19 years has a much greater risk of death or injury in a car crash than any other age group.
- However, educate yourself about the actual risks and talk to your teen about them and create a plan to ensure your teen is going to be safe behind the wheel, and you’ll reduce the risks of an accident.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens and approximately, one in 11, high school students attempting suicide. During the time, suicide rates have risen more than 30 percent among teen boys. And they doubled among teen girls hitting an all-time 40-year record high. Moreover, many teens have suicidal thoughts but don’t act on it.
- The contributing factors for suicide among teens include loneliness, depression, family disputes, and substance abuse. The issues are complex and aren’t a result of one or two factors. However, teens who have good communication with at least one adult are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and less likely to become depressed.
VIOLENCE FOR TEENS:
Violence for teens comes in third in the greatest health risks, as more than 16,000 teens from ages 12 to 19 dies per year by violence. Teens could face several potentially violent situations like bullying or engaging in bullying behavior themselves, according to the CDC. However, educate yourself on the risk factors for teen violence. Discuss the uncertainty with your teen and talk about strategies that can help your teen stay safe.
It’s good to know that the teen pregnancy rate has declined in recent years, and about 29 per 1,000 women between 15 to 19 become pregnant, according to CDC. It’s because teens are using birth control than in the previous decades, resulting in fewer unplanned pregnancies.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES IN TEENS:
However, teens represent only 25% of the sexually experienced population, they represent 50% of all new sexually transmitted diseases. Approx, 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases are occurring in India each year. It is an extremely important for teens to be aware of the risks of becoming infected with HIV as well as gonorrhea among other STDs.
CIGARETTES, ALCOHOL, AND DRUGS:
- Teenagers come in the influence of senior students who are regularly using tobacco products and a Nationwide survey reported that 5% of high school students are currently using tobacco products. The use of tobacco products is linked with several risky behaviors, including the possibility of using alcohol.
- Substance abuse is also a serious risk for teens, with roughly half of all high schools students report having tried marijuana and 6% reported having used cocaine at least once while, one-fifth teens have taken prescription medication not prescribed to them and using steroids. Opioids, either the painkillers or street drugs like heroin or smack is a significant problem among all ages. According to the CDC, more than 4,000 young adults died of an opioid overdose.
EATING DISORDERS AND OVERWEIGHT / OBESITY:
Studies have shown that about 87% of teens do not eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and more than 25% eat more than servings of high-fat products a day. In such a situation, adolescents can develop eating disorders in which they do not eat enough and deliberately starve themselves, such as loss of appetite, or they may binge vomit, or they may overeat and become overweight or obese. About 33% of teens do not get enough exercise and 36% are enrolled in daily physical education programs.
Teenagers’ health is the major concern for all the parents. They need proper guidance and care as they’re in the transformational period. Discuss and interact with your child and help them to become a strong and independent person.