Four Shocking Facts About Teenagers You Wouldn't Expect
Teen pregnancy has been an epidemic that is slowly, but surely continuing to drop.
Teens are really trying to make a good name for themselves, and it's showing.
Teen pregnancy on the decline
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the rates of teen pregnancy for African Americans has fallen by 51 percent between 1990 and 2009. The campaign's CEO, Sarah Brown, stated, "The decline has been fueled by three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; they also report fewer sexual partners, and better use of contraception."
The peak of teen pregnancy occurred in 1990, and ever since, it's been on a steady downward spiral. Now, 52 percent less females of ages 15 to 17 years old are getting pregnant, and 36 percent less 18 to 19 year old females-- among all races. In 2011, a total of 329,797 babies were born to teen mothers of ages 15 to 19 years, which is a record low of 31.1 per 1,000 women in this age group.
Teen obesity rates drop
Another winning battle for teenagers in the US is the war with weight. They have been steadily seeking success in the realms of the obesity epidemic, according to a recently published study. The contributing factors include more exercise and healthier eating.
The level of fruit consumption in teens is on the rise. What was once two to four days a week in 2001, became five to six days weekly in 2009. Vegetable intake increased the same-- going from two to four days in 2001 to five days in 2009. At the same time, the consumption of sugary soft drinks such as soda and juice declined from five days to four.
Teens watch less television
While girls have some catching up to do in regards to physical activity, both boys and girls are now spending less and less time in front of the television screen. With this new phenomenon, teens are more apt to getting out and getting active, which is affecting their health in a positive way by a ten-fold.
Teen smoking declines to record low
In 2012, the rate of American teenagers puffing on cigarettes fell to a new record low. This drastic decrease may have been a result of the intense spike in federal tobacco tax. yearly survey asked 45,000 students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade if they had smoked in the last 30 days, and the percentage that answered 'yes' was 10.6 percent.
"It represents about a nine percent reduction in a single year in the number of teens currently smoking," said Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator for the study. He went on to explain that this reduction translates into the prevention of thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of missed cases of cancer and other serious diseases.
More than 400,000 Americans die prematurely each year as a result of cigarette smoking-- the number one cause of preventable death in the United States today.