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Adolescent Health

Data are for the U.S.

Health status

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who are in excellent or very good health: 82.3%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2016, Table C-5c [PDF – 134 KB]

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness or injury: 4.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2016, Table C-6c [PDF – 136 KB]

Obesity

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–19 years who are obese: 20.6% (2013-2014)

Source: Health, United States, 2016, table 53 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

Smoking and alcohol use

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who smoked cigarettes in the past month: 4.2% (2015)
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who used alcohol in the past month: 9.6% (2015)

Source: Health, United States, 2016, table 50 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

Access to health care

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years with no usual source of health care: 5.9%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2016, Table C-7c [PDF – 173 KB]

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years without health insurance: 6.6%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2016, Table P-11c [PDF – 236 KB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths for adolescents aged 15–19 years: 10,186
  • Deaths per 100,000 population for adolescents aged 15–19 years: 48.3

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2015, table 2 [PDF – 2.7 MB]

Leading causes of death

Leading causes of deaths among adolescents aged 15–19 years:

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Suicide
  • Homicide

Source: Deaths: Leading Causes for 2015, table 1 [PDF – 2.3 MB]

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