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Rosinger, Asher; Herrick, Kirsten; Gahche, Jaime; Park, Sohyun – National Center for Health Statistics, 2017
Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute calories and added sugars to the diets of U.S. children. Studies have suggested a link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and dental caries, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Gender Differences, Age Differences
Curtin, Sally C.; Tejada-Vera, Betzaida; Warner, Margaret – National Center for Health Statistics, 2017
Drug overdose deaths in the United States are a pressing public health challenge. In particular, drug overdoses involving opioids have increased since 1999. This report focuses specifically on drug overdose deaths for older adolescents aged 15-19. In 2015, 772 drug overdose deaths occurred in this age group. Rates for 1999-2015 are presented and…
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Death, Late Adolescents, Gender Differences
Pratt, Laura A.; Brody, Debra J.; Gu, Qiuping – National Center for Health Statistics, 2017
Antidepressants are one of the three most commonly used therapeutic drug classes in the United States. While the majority of antidepressants are taken to treat depression, antidepressants can also be taken to treat other conditions, like anxiety disorders. This Data Brief provides the most recent estimates of antidepressant use in the U.S.…
Descriptors: Drug Therapy, Depression (Psychology), Gender Differences, Racial Differences
Blumberg, Stephen J.; Clarke, Tainya C.; Blackwell, Debra L. – National Center for Health Statistics, 2016
Compared with white Americans, persons of other races in the United States are less likely to have access to and receive needed mental health care (1-4). Few studies, however, have explored such disparities specifically among men. Mental health and treatment have traditionally received less attention for men than women, perhaps because men are…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Gender Differences, Males, Racial Differences
Ervin, R. Bethene; Kit, Brian K.; Carroll, Margaret D.; Ogden, Cynthia L. – National Center for Health Statistics, 2012
The consumption of added sugars, which are sweeteners added to processed and prepared foods, has been associated with measures of cardiovascular disease risk among adolescents, including adverse cholesterol concentrations. Although the percent of daily calories derived from added sugars declined between 1999-2000 and 2007-2008, consumption of…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Dietetics, Food, Child Health
Pastor, Patricia N.; Reuben, Cynthia A.; Duran, Catherine R. – National Center for Health Statistics, 2012
Objectives: This report examines two measures that identify children with emotional and behavioral problems: high scores based on questions in the brief version of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and a single question about serious (definite or severe) overall emotional and behavioral difficulties. Children were classified into…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems, Mental Health, Child Health
Hamilton, Brady E.; Ventura, Stephanie J. – National Center for Health Statistics, 2012
Teen childbearing has been generally on a long-term decline in the United States since the late 1950s. In spite of these declines, the U.S. teen birth rate remains one of the highest among other industrialized countries. Moreover, childbearing by teenagers continues to be a matter of public concern because of the elevated health risks for teen…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Birth Rate, Adolescents, Early Parenthood
Copen, Casey E.; Daniels, Kimberly; Vespa, Jonathan; Mosher, William D. – National Center for Health Statistics, 2012
Objectives: This report shows trends and group differences in current marital status, with a focus on first marriages among women and men aged 15-44 years in the United States. Trends and group differences in the timing and duration of first marriages are also discussed. These data are based on the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth…
Descriptors: Marriage, Marital Status, Trend Analysis, Age Differences
Martinez, Gladys; Abma, Joyce; Copen, Casey – National Center for Health Statistics, 2010
Sex education in schools and other places, as well as received from parents, provides adolescents with information to make informed choices about sex at a crucial period of their development. Using data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), this report examines the percentage of male and female teenagers 15-19 years who…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Sex Education, Contraception, Pregnancy
Ogden, Cynthia L.; Lamb, Molly M.; Carroll, Margaret D.; Flegal, Katherine M. – National Center for Health Statistics, 2010
In 2007-2008 almost 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years were obese. Childhood obesity often tracks to adulthood and, in the short run, childhood obesity can lead to psychosocial problems and cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and abnormal glucose tolerance or diabetes. Studies have suggested that…
Descriptors: Obesity, Socioeconomic Status, Children, Adolescents