Monday, 14th May 2012
Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC): Social determinants of health and well-being among young people
From Key Findings:
The report states that while young people enjoy better health and development opportunities than ever before, many are involved in behaviours that compromise their health (such as smoking, drinking and having an unhealthy diet) and report poor self-rated health. They are therefore failing to achieve their full health potential.
Focusing on the social determinants of health and well-being, the report demonstrates wide health inequalities between and within countries and regions. It shows that:
• health-compromising behaviours show increasing prevalence with age and with decreasing family affluence;
• boys and girls adopt different healthy and unhealthy behaviours, with some differences emerging or increasing during adolescence and potentially contributing to gender inequalities in adulthood; and
• health patterns vary across countries, suggesting that social, cultural and economic contexts within countries may influence young people’s health and health behaviours and consequently create health inequalities between countries and regions.
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