Children are less prone to take health and safety risks today than they were in the early 1990s, and the overall quality of life for young people has improved modestly over the past three decades, according to the second annual child well-being index from the Foundation for Child Development.
Researchers for the New York City-based child-welfare philanthropy found, though, that while teenagers are using fewer drugs, binge-drinking less, and committing fewer crimes than 10 or 20 years ago, they are also three times more likely to be obese than in 1975. In addition, proportionately more children live in poverty now than three decades ago.
Vol. 24, Issue 30, Page 10Published in Print: April 6, 2005, as Child Well-Being