Road traffic accidents claimed the lives of more than 300 UK youngsters aged between 10 and 19 in 2013, new research shows.
Lower back pain, meanwhile, is the biggest cause of long-term ill health among British 15 to 24-year-olds, the study illustrates.
Road accidents, drug use and suicides were the leading causes of death among young Britons in 2013, according to the research.
A total of 313 people aged 10-19 were killed in accidents on UK roads. Some 283 aged between 15 and 24 died as a result of drug use – a rise of 36% compared to 1990. Self-harm, meanwhile, claimed the lives of 329 20 to 24-year-olds.
‘Young women likelier to be hit by depression’
The data has been collated by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the US.
The information has been used in a worldwide probe into adolescent health and well-being, that has been published in The Lancet.
It also shows that the main causes of long-term ill health among young Britons are lower back and neck pain, skin conditions such as acne and depression and similar disorders.
Depression and anxiety, the study shows, are much likelier to affect young women than their male peers.
‘Investment in young is vital’
Around the world, the study says, the health and well-being of young people has been affected by “decades of neglect and under-investment”.
Millions, it says, are living in countries where they face the constant threat of problems such as preventable and treatable illnesses, early pregnancy, depression, injury and violence.
Globally, it adds, there is an urgent need to invest in the current generation of young people’s health, education and livelihoods.
Date Published: May 23, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown