Pediatric Snapshot

By Steve Barrett
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Children and teens face a range of obstacles to good physical and mental health but are seeing benefits from progress in research and treatment.

Premature Death

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.

Survival Trajectory

Five-year survival rates for children with cancer have improved over the past four decades, thanks to significant advances in treatment.

1976: 58%

2016: 80%

Oncologic Toll

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.