–Doesn’t want to change clothes in front of others or participate in physical activities.–An STD or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14.–Runs away from home.Info from:
Childhood ObesityImmediate health effects:–more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. –more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.–greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.Long-term health effects:–likely to be obese as adults –more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis–Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.15
At-Risk Youth•Youth with disadvantaged living status:–Poverty–Discrimination–Family instability–Genetic factors–Parental neglect or abuse–Major traumatic events
High-Risk Behaviors•Behaviors that youth engage in that make them or others vulnerable to physical, social or psychological harm or negative outcomes:–Careless driving–Binge drinking–Unprotected sex–Substance abuse
Substance Abuse•Alcohol is the substance abused most frequently by adolescents, followed by marijuana and tobacco.•In the past month, 39 percent of high school seniors reported drinking some alcohol, almost 23 percent reported using marijuana, and 16 percent reported smoking cigarettes.Info from:
Adolescent Sexual Behaviors•Dating plays a part in adolescents’ healthy development. But when teens are dating exclusively, they are more likely to have sex earlier•Adolescents who have sex early are less likely to use contraception, putting them at greater risk of pregnancy and STDs•Many adolescents are engaging in sexual behaviors other than vaginal intercourse.