SimpleScience@Heart: U.S. adolescents get failing grades for their health
Is your teenager headed for heart problems?
Most in the United States may be, based on a new report on diet, exercise and other healthy behaviors:
- More than 80 percent of U.S. adolescents scored a failing grade in the healthy diet category, based on the seven cardiovascular health components defined in the American Heart Association’s 2020 impact goals.
- Only 44 percent of girls and 67 percent of boys achieved ideal physical activity levels.
- Only two-thirds had ideal body mass index (a ratio of height to weight) and one-third had total cholesterol levels in the intermediate or poor ranges.
The adolescents did get one good grade: the majority of boys and girls had never smoked a cigarette or didn’t try to smoke within the past 30 days of their interviews with researchers.
Healthy behaviors during adolescence help prevent heart disease as adults.
Stories available for linking, quoting, excerpting, reprinting
Stories appearing on blog.heart.org under the "By American Heart Association News" byline are available for linking, quoting, excerpting and reprinting. Copyright is owned or held by the American Heart Association, Inc., and all rights are reserved. Permission is granted, at no cost and without need for further request, to link to, quote, excerpt or reprint from these stories in any medium as long as no text is altered and proper attribution is made to the American Heart Association. Additional conditions may apply to the use of these stories in printed materials.
American Heart Association additional conditions for linking, quoting, excerpting, reprinting stories in print media
- A credit line of American Heart Association News must be prominently placed on the page in which the American Heart Association materials appear.
- The American Heart Association logo and service marks may only be used if they appear on the materials requested.
- Stories reprinted may be edited for length, but no other deletions, alterations or other changes may be made without the prior written consent of the American Heart Association.
- Artwork labeled "American Heart Association" may be reprinted, but other artwork may not. For artwork permission questions, contact email@example.com
- Stories reprinted may not be placed adjacent to any advertisement, photo, graphic or other content that could be considered inappropriate by the American Heart Association. For questions about whether content is inappropriate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stories may not be displayed in any way that gives the appearance that the American Heart Association endorses (implied or otherwise) or is affiliated with any product, service or company.