Today's teens not exactly healthy
POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 1:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Today's young adults are not necessarily in their peak years of health, unlike past generations.
The health of 10-24 year-olds has not improved as much as researchers would like, according to a new series of studies published in “The Lancet”.
Researchers say marketing campaigns and mass media images are driving more teens to pick up poor health habits, like smoking and drinking. There are also more teens battling obesity and contracting STDs.
Also, new statistics show the United States leads high-income countries in adolescent mortality rates, which experts attribute to our high rate of violent deaths and car crashes.
Social media outlets, such as Facebook, have both positive and negative effects on teen health. Researchers say social media gives teens access to health information, but it also exposes them to cyber bullying and “sexting”.