CDC Releases Information on Increasing & Decreasing Teen Difficulties

CDC Releases Information on Increasing & Decreasing Teen Difficulties

teen difficultiesCNN recently reported on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) newly released new data from their Youth Risk Behavior Survey–which has been going on every other year since 1991. It outlines common teen difficulties, like alcohol use, cigarette use, driving drunk, and much more.

Laura Kann, chief of the CDC’s School-Based Surveillance branch, told CNN, “While overall trends for the 2015 report are positive, the results highlight the continued need for improvements in reducing risks among teens.” CNN provided the highlights of the teen difficulties that have increased or decreased.

Highlights of teen difficulties from the CDC survey

  1. Motor Vehicle Crashes Still Leading Cause of Death: For ages 10 to 24, 23 percent of deaths were due to motor vehicle crashes, obviously this is one of the larger teen difficulties.
  2. E-Cigarette Usage Is Worrying: Though cigarette use is way down from previous years, this is the first year they’ve conducted research on e-cigarette usage. Nearly a quarter of students admitted to smoking e-cigarettes. Research specifically on teens has revealed that teens who smoke e-cigarettes are greater than 3-times as likely to smoke traditional cigarettes. More research needs to be done, but it’s worrying.
  3. Opioids Are Being Used: Among students, 17 percent of them had taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription at least once in their lifetime. This is worrying because teens don’t often know the effects of combining different medications–it can be deadly.
  4. Obesity Is Up, But Less Soda Is Being Consumed: There was a large decrease in the number of teens drinking a soda one or more times a day, around 7 percent. Sugar-sweetened beverages are worse than sugar-sweetened foods because the sugar hits your liver nearly immediately, creating a rush.
  5. Screen-Time Is Increasing: This means more sedentary behavior, which doesn’t seem like one of the bigger teen difficulties, but it can lead to increased chances of heart disease, depression, and more. Though watching tv went down, this was completely replaced by video games, phones, or computers. This can be troubling because it means less active time–but it’s relatively easy to fix, just put down the device and get outside.

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