The stats about kid's health

The stats about kid's health

Children are succumbing to diseases that were, until recently, adult-only conditions.

“Obesity is increasing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease and bone and joint diseases,” says Dr. Elizabeth Parks Prout of highly rated Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The result is increased school absences and a rise in pediatric health care spending.

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends parents should enforce a daily 5-2-1-0 rule: Provide five servings of vegetables and fruits, allow only two hours of any screen time, encourage one hour of physical activity and have zero sweetened beverages. Get the facts on kids’ health with these figures:

100 — The average estimated age that a child born today can expect to live to

1,700 — Total daily caloric requirements for an average 6-year-old child

10.2 — Millions of children who visited an ER 
in 2010, according to the most recent numbers

22 million — Number of school days lost each year due to colds alone

467 — Number of reports Angie’s List members have filed on pediatric allergies in the past three years

1954 — The year that children first received the polio vaccine

$2,123 — Approximate amount spent per capita on children’s health care in 2010, up 18.6 percent from 2007

77 — Percentage of pediatric home health care that is paid for by Medicaid; the other 23 percent is made up of private health insurance, public sources and a family’s own income.

$88 — Billions of dollars spent on pediatric health care by insurers and consumers in 2010, up nearly 12 percent from 2007

6 — The number of months at which a child is old enough to have a flu shot

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Care Cost Institute, Mayo Clinic, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Smithsonian Institute, The Lancet, www.chrisjohnsonmd.com


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