Young Americans’ Health Habits

Teachers, parents, and other academic professionals always say that the youth of America are the future of America, which is why the youth of America should be educated to the highest extent available. One thing that might prevent some of the nation’s smartest youth from becoming incredibly successful as they grow older is their health habits, lack of health insurance, or an increase in obesity. Information released about the age group of 18 to 29 year olds came from “Health, United States: 2008,” from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 32nd annual review of the country’s health. Obesity rates for 18 to 29 years olds has tripled since 1970, when the number was at 8 percent, up to 24 percent from 2005-2006.

The review also found that Americans aged 18 to 29 have the highest rate for emergency room visits that are related to injury and that unintentional injuries, accidents, homicide and suicide account for 70 percent of deaths in the same age group. When it comes to the youth of America being uninsured, the numbers were quite shocking. The age group of 20 to 24, in the year 2006, saw 34 percent of that group without insurance. The age group of 25 to 29 in 2006 saw 29 percent of the group uninsured. The age group of 18 to 19 saw 21 percent of the group uninsured. The review also found that between the years 2004 and 2006, 17 percent of young Americans decided to forgo medical care, RX medicine, mental healthcare, eyeglasses or contacts because they could not afford them.

The health of the youth of America is important to the overall health of the nation in the coming years. Youth find it difficult to eat healthy these days because of all the junk food readily available to them at school, at work, or at home. Living a healthy life begins in the home, where parents can regulate the diet of their child and help them employ good habits regarding their health. Encourage children to drink plenty of water instead of soda or other drinks full of sugar. Soda has caffeine in it, which can become addictive to young children, and sugary drinks are not good for the overall health of children. If young Americans, living on their own, cannot afford to purchase health insurance or are not offered health insurance from their employer then they will not be able to visit the doctor for routine checkups. There really is no way around this situation.

When children begin to grow up they will encounter all kinds of peer pressure from drinking to smoking and using other tobacco products. Parents should make it known to kids at a young age that the use of alcohol, tobacco, smoking cigarettes or using other drugs is absolutely against the rules of your home. If you cement these ideals and rules into your child at a young age they might be able to stand up against peer pressure and avoid using any of these products.

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