5 Reasons Why Teenagers Today Encounter Health Problems
People move through a timeline of different events that lead to different outcomes. Historically, each species in this ecosystem exist both as beings for nature, and beings against nature. As with the human race’s natural advantage, people are able to shape their own nature, both in hopes that they can provide a better environment for themselves, and in hopes that they resort to a less exposed position, medically speaking.
Of course, there is also the consideration of innovative environments that humans have fostered with the rapid rise of technology and the various ways people live and interact these days. However, these changes and developments in today’s world includes more health risks with new diseases being discovered each day. Often, people correlate the point in time they are in with the currently developing generation of adolescents if they want to critique an analysis on this world.
The multiple health risks that teenagers in this digital age face differ from the health risks that young adults a couple of years ago faced. Here are some reasons to enlighten you about teenagers’ medical risks today.
One of the negative effects attributed to the ever-growing society is the rise of different sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STD/STI). According to verywellhealth.com, ”Although teens represent only 25 percent of the sexually experienced population, they represent 50 percent of all new sexually transmitted diseases.” Since sex is more acceptable today, the expansion of STDs comes as a bigger risk than people think it would be these past 30 years. Simply raising awareness of these illnesses doesn’t help much since most of them are unaccounted for or undocumented.
Speaking of awareness, mental health is more at risk than it also was a few years ago. Some individuals might even encounter people with mental health issues, and different disorders which stem from both psychological and biological reasons.
A study published on the American Psychological Association website showed how normal children today report anxiety levels at par with that of psychiatric patients and borderline asylum candidates in the 1950s. Several studies also indicate patterns in more depression and anxiety cases, mostly due to individuals having more personal and specific internal reasons. Often, an unhealthy mental state can also lead to physical illness and other unhealthy habits, which is highly detrimental for adolescent growth.
Since humanity has taken a step forward, the environment drastically changes. Not only does it change in an ecological and geological perspective with regards to climate change and global warming, but it also relates to societal factors such as work, home, school, and community environments.
Environment-wise, it’s no secret that the Earth has been experiencing changes with regards to gaps in the ozone layer, polluted water sources, and the exponential decrease of wildlife and vegetation. Since humans are still accustomed and fully dependent on plants, everyone undergoes a natural process of adaptation. This means sicknesses come and go.
Furthermore, the world has developed an artificial environment of its own. Urban lives and daily habits, in general, also put a strain the body. With regards to adolescents, the combination of both the artificial environment and the natural environment wears their body down. More often than not, this category of reasons is the most straining because it affects the general population. Teenagers, combined with the workload they need in terms of academics and their different connections, under the conditions that the world around them is slowly losing its natural resources could pressure even the strongest of bodies.
Harmful substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco have always been a concern. The increasing number of teenagers who take substances throughout the years proves this to be an even bigger concern. Although there are many internal reasons specific to each teenager with regards to why they take these substances, this certain act and behavior can be classified as one of the most dangerous, and one of the most common health risks.
Hereditary / Genetic
Since the population is booming, its exponential growth also brings about many hereditary diseases such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, and the like. A lot of health problems that teenagers tend to have stem from these diseases. As the population grows, the more people are affected by these diseases, including young adults.
Since the growing population includes the increase of adolescents, there is a need to spread awareness in eradicating issues of teenage sickness and diseases. With proper education, guidance and rearing, both in the home and in school, teenagers can live happy and healthy life, physically, mentally and emotionally.