Adolescent Health

Data are for the U.S.

Health status
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who are in fair or poor health: 3.1%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

  • 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: 4.9%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

Obesity
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–19 years who are obese: 21.2% (2017-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, 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: 2.7% (2018)
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years who used alcohol in the past month: 9.0% (2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 20 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Access to health care
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years with a usual source of health care: 96.4%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years without health insurance: 5.7%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

Mortality
  • Number of deaths for adolescents aged 15–19 years: 10,258
  • Deaths per 100,000 population for adolescents aged 15–19 years: 48.7

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) via CDC WONDER

Leading causes of death

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

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Suicide
  • Homicide

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) for via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: August 3, 2021