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: 82.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table C-5c pdf icon[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: 5.0%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table C-6c pdf icon[PDF – 136 KB]

Obesity
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–19 years who are obese: 20.6% (2015-2016)

Source: Health, United States, 2018, table 21 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Smoking and alcohol use
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who smoked cigarettes in the past month: 3.2% (2017)
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who used alcohol in the past month: 9.9% (2017)

Source: Health, United States, 2018, table 20 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Access to health care
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years with no usual source of health care: 5.3%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table C-7c pdf icon[PDF – 173 KB]

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years without health insurance: 6.3%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table P-11c pdf icon[PDF – 236 KB]

Mortality
  • Number of deaths for adolescents aged 15–19 years: 10,886
  • Deaths per 100,000 population for adolescents aged 15–19 years: 51.5

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, table 2 pdf icon[PDF – 2 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 2017, table 1 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

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Page last reviewed: May 11, 2020