Adolescent Health Problems

  1. A Weighty Issue: Childhood Obesity

    Childhood obesity is more prevalent in the Northeast, followed by the Midwest, South and West. It is also more prevalent in cities than in rural areas.

  2. Acne in Children

    Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. With acne, the sebaceous glands are clogged, which leads to pimples and cysts.

  3. Adjustment Disorders

    Adjustment disorders are quite common in children and teens. They are characterized by an excessive reaction to stress.

  4. Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic

    The leading substance-abuse threat to children may be as close as your refrigerator. About 10 million adolescents drink alcohol. In fact, minors drink 19 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States.

  5. Anorexia Nervosa in Children

    Anorexia nervosa (AN) is eating disorder that is a form of self-starvation. A child or teen with AN has abnormally low body weight, a distorted body image, and an intense fear of gaining weight.

  6. Beating an Eating Disorder

    Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have risen steadily to affect nearly 10 million women (and 1 million men).

  7. Bulimia Nervosa in Adolescents

    Bulimia nervosa is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) usually followed by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications in an attempt to control weight.

  8. Diabetes Tops Child Obesity's Health Risks

    Children who weigh too much face a broad array of health problems, with type 2 diabetes leading the list.

  9. Obesity in Adolescents

    Children who are inactive—spending time watching TV or sitting at a computer—are at higher risk for obesity, especially when their diet contains lots of high-calorie foods and beverages.

  10. Stages of Substance Abuse

    People who become addicted to drugs or alcohol typically go through predictable stages of abuse. Understanding these stages can help you recognize a problem and seek help before substance use becomes an addiction.

  11. Substance Abuse / Chemical Dependence in Adolescents

    Substances frequently abused by adolescents include alcohol, marijuana, and amphetamines. Some teens are at higher risk of developing substance-related disorders.

  12. Teens and Prescription Drugs

    Many young people take prescription drugs because they believe they are safer than street drugs, but they can be just as dangerous if taken improperly.

  13. The Metabolic Syndrome Puts Teens at Risk

    Doctors think teens who have the metabolic syndrome face a high risk for the early onset of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

  14. Understanding Teenage Depression

    The medical community once thought depression affected only adults. The risk for the condition begins in the early teens, however, and increases steadily through the mid-20s.

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