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ISBN-10: 9280637371

ISBN-13: 9789280637373

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Teenagers are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette advertising than by peer pressure. 33 You Need to Know... Getting hooked • According to the US Surgeon General, nicotine is similar in addictiveness to heroin and cocaine. • Compared with non-smokers, American teenagers who smoked at least 20 cigarettes a day had 12 times the risk of suffering panic attacks and 5 times the risk of generalized anxiety disorder and agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces that makes some people unable to leave home.

UNICEF/98-1128/Pirozzi Unemployment Too many young people are unable to find satisfying work As many as 90% of child domestic at a time when they need to feel valued, productive and independent. This dramatically increases their risk of engaging in crime, early unwed parenting and drug use. workers – the largest group of Urban youth aged 15 to 24 in Latin America are about twice as likely as the total population to want or need jobs but are unable to find them. Youth unem- child workers in the world – ployment (15-24) runs between 36% and 66%.

Obesity and eating disorders Childhood obesity is the leading cause of paediatric hypertension, is associated with Type II diabetes mellitus, increases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases stress in the weight-bearing joints, lowers self-esteem and affects relationships with peers. • An estimated 13% of all Americans under the age of 19 are overweight or obese. • In the United States, obesity primarily affects poor people and is especially prevalent among Native Americans, Latinos and African Americans.

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