Birth, Childhood + Teenage Statistics
Obesity now affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States.
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.
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.
CHILDHOOD LEARNING DISABILITIES
Learning and attention issues are more common than many people think, affecting 1 in 5 children.
• 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.
One in 10 U.S. Kids Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD according to the latest federal data.
About 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. ASD is about 4 times more common among boys than among girls.
CHILDHOOD ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
More than 1 in 20 US children and teens have anxiety or depression
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.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-19 year olds.
• 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.
OTHER CHILDHOOD RANKINGS
US ranks lower than 38 other countries when it comes to children’s well-being.