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Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

CDC Reports Young Adults Have Significant Health Concerns

We usually think about young adults as being healthy and do not worry too much knowing they are the most likely group of adults to not covered by health insurance, but we better think again.

It is true that 30 percent of young adults do not have health insurance because they do not have jobs that provide insurance, have completed school or gotten too old to be covered on their parent's health insurance, but their health is not great.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that a third of 18- to 29-year-olds are smoking cigarettes, 25 percent are obese, and more than 65 percent are not physically active on a regular basis!

This pattern of behavior is likely to produce middle-age adults with chronic conditions including diabetes and hypertension, and suggests it would be a good idea for the health care industry to reach out to this demographic, and fast.
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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.