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Adolescent Health

Data are for the U.S.

Health status

  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age who are in excellent or very good health: 80.5%
  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age who missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness or injury: 4.9%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, tables VIII, IX [PDF - 697 KB]

Obesity

  • Percent of adolescents 12-19 years of age who are obese: 20.5% (2011-2012)

Source: Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1963–1965 Through 2011–2012, Table 2 [PDF - 138 KB]

Smoking and alcohol use

  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age who smoked cigarettes in the past month: 5.6% (2013)
  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age who used alcohol in the past month: 11.6% (2013)

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 55 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Access to health care

  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age with no usual source of health care: 3.8%
  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age without health insurance: 8.7%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, tables X, XII [PDF - 697 KB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths for adolescents 15-19 years of age: 9,480
  • Deaths per 100,000 population for adolescents 15-19 years of age: 44.8

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, table 3 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Leading causes of death

Leading causes of deaths among adolescents 15-19 years of age:

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Homicide
  • Suicide

Source: Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010, table 1 [PDF - 4.2 MB]

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