The Risk Factor

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‘Youngsters indulge into bad habit to attract the attention of society.’ All practices like alcoholism, smoking and drug – addiction are adopted either to resolve mental stress and other emotional problems or as part of trend among peer mates. Major depression is recognized more and more in young people At least 1 in 10-or as many as 6 million young people may have a serious emotional disturbance. Dawson found that as many as 30% of children may have a sleep disorder at some point during childhood. The worst may appear to note adolescents resorting to plastic and reconstructive surgery to avoid remarks and comments of fellows.

When youngsters try their first cigarette, most of them are not aware of the possible risk they are exposed to. The short-term health consequences of smoking include respiratory and non-respiratory effects, addiction to nicotine, and the associated risk of other drug use. Long-term health consequences of youth smoking is reinforced by the fact that most young people who smoke regularly continue to smoke throughout adulthood.

Studies have shown that 1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries – including car crashes. Robert Anthenelli, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati (UC) has underlined importance of educating children about the dangers of alcohol as key to preventing problems later in life. He has suggested that encouraging loved ones to be screened, or getting screened you, could be the first step toward recovery. Teens with alcohol and drug problems are also more at risk for suicidal thinking and behavior. Alcohol and some drugs have depressive effects on the brain. They interfere with the ability to assess risk, make good choices, and think of solutions to problems. There are so many promising new treatments out there for alcoholism. There’s no better time to seek help.

Report of The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008 has found that some children as young as 8 are prescribed cholesterol-fighting drugs to prevent future heart problems. This shows that now the changes are taking place so fast and having adverse effects that at times diseases are found to be hereditary. Either parents are found relaxed about health of children or if they are worried, they are not having sufficient means for treatment. The latest Mumbai case can be cited where parents applied for abortion before the court, as they were aware that child if born would need pacemaker. The change in life-style is to a large extent responsible for serious health concerns among youngsters. AIDS is another health concern for youngsters who in absence of knowledge about its spread unknowingly get infected with HIV+. Tobacco in the form of cigarettes is taking toll of lives of many.

Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University School of Medicine Prevention Research Center observed that the risk to gain more weight is greater among children sent to child – care early than among children kept under parental supervision. Obesity in the first year of life results in a higher risk of diabetes in youth, and lifelong obesity and its many consequences

We must show concern about the health of nation’s youth because they are the future, if their lives are not valued, the callousness can lead to a lax future as well.

Bhumika Sharma


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