Indicator List for Health

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Indicator List for Health



In 2013, nearly one-eighth of males ages three to 17 (12 percent) had been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder by a doctor or other health professional, according to parental report.



In the United States, asthma is more common among boys than it is among girls. In 2013, nine percent of males under age 18 were reported to have asthma, compared with seven percent of females.


Autism Spectrum Disorders

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) had risen markedly in recent years.  However, it is too soon to know whether these data indicate a true increase in the numbers of children with this condition, or a growing recognition of the diagnosis by parents and health professionals.


Binge Drinking

Binge drinking among high schoolers declined during the 2000s, and is now at record low levels; however, as of 2014, nearly one in four (19 percent) 12th-graders reported this behavior.


Birth Control Pill Use

Among sexually active high school students, whites are far more likely than black or Hispanic students to report using birth control pills (26, versus eight and nine percent, respectively), as of 2013.



There has been substantial progress in recent years in getting mothers in the U.S. to breastfeed their infants, and the latest available national data have met Healthy People 2010 goals, but not those for 2020.



In 2014, 13 percent of children, ages two through 17, experienced physical bullying, and 36 percent experienced teasing or emotional bullying, in the past year.

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