U.S. Childhood Medical Statistics

Birth, Childhood + Teenage Statistics

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Obesity now affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States.

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/index.html

CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

About 1 in 10 children (10%) had asthma in 2009. The greatest rise in asthma rates was among black children (almost a 50% increase) from 2001 through 2009.

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/asthma/index.html

 

CHILDHOOD FOOD ALLERGIES

Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 8% of children in the United States. That’s 1 in 13 children, or about 2 students per classroom.
https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/foodallergies/index.htm

 

CHILDHOOD LEARNING DISABILITIES

Learning and attention issues are more common than many people think, affecting 1 in 5 children.

Understanding Learning and Attention Issues

 

• About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/features/birthdefects-dd-keyfindings.html

 

CHILDHOOD ADHD

One in 10 U.S. Kids Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD according to the latest federal data.
https://time.com/5382694/adhd-diagnosis-rates/

 

CHILDHOOD AUTISM

About 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. ASD is about 4 times more common among boys than among girls.
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

 

CHILDHOOD ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

More than 1 in 20 US children and teens have anxiety or depression
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180424184119.htm

 

CHILDHOOD SUICIDE

In 2017, there were more than 6,200 suicide deaths among adolescents and young adults ages 15-24, making it the second-leading cause of death for that age group.
https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/health-of-women-and-children/measure/teen_suicide/state/ALL

 

• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-19 year olds.
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/research/areas-of-research/center-for-innovation-in-pediatric-practice/suicide-prevention-and-research

 

• In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14, teenagers 15 to 19, and young adults ages 20-24, increasing 56% over the last decade.
https://www.christianpost.com/news/suicide-rate-kids-ages-10-to-14-nearly-tripled-last-decade-cdc-233530/

 

OTHER CHILDHOOD RANKINGS

US ranks lower than 38 other countries when it comes to children’s well-being.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/health/children-health-rankings-unicef-who-lancet-report/index.html

 

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