Children and teens face a range of obstacles to good physical and mental health but are seeing benefits from progress in research and treatment.
Death rates from all causes among Americans ages 1–19 have crept up in recent years.
2014: 24 per 100,000
2015: 25 per 100,000
2016: 26 per 100,000
The Obesity Tsunami
Worldwide, approximately 32 million children ages 0–5 years were overweight or obese in 1990. That increased to 41 million by 2016 and is expected to rise to 70 million by 2025 if current trends continue.
Five-year survival rates for children with cancer have improved over the past four decades, thanks to significant advances in treatment.
The roughly 10,300 children younger than 15 who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States represent less than 1% of all annual U.S. cancer diagnoses. However, rates have risen slightly in recent decades, and approximately 1,200 American children die from cancer each year.
Mental Health Struggles
More than 20% of all children in the United States are reported to have conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, or other behavioral or mental health issues.
Sources: American Cancer Society, Reuters, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, World Health Organization