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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: 81.6%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2015, Table C-5c [PDF – 106 KB]

  • 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: 5.3%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2015, Table C-6c [PDF – 141 KB]

Obesity

  • Percent of adolescents 12-19 years of age 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 12-17 years of age who smoked cigarettes in the past month: 4.2% (2015)
  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age 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 12-17 years of age with no usual source of health care: 5.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2015, Table C-7c [PDF – 178 KB]

  • Percent of adolescents 12-17 years of age without health insurance: 6.1%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2015, Table P-11c [PDF – 606 KB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths for adolescents 15-19 years of age: 9,586
  • Deaths per 100,000 population for adolescents 15-19 years of age: 45.5

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2014, table 3 [PDF – 4.4 MB]

Leading causes of death

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

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Suicide
  • Homicide

Source: Deaths: Leading Causes for 2014, table 1 [PDF – 3.5 MB]

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