According to a study published in the February 17, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, chronic illness in children doubled from 12.8% in 1994 to 26.6% in 2006.
- One in 10 children have asthma.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death in children.
- Food allergies affect one in every 13 children.
- Heart disease is the 5th leading cause of death in 1-5 year olds.
- ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder and affects one in 10 children.
- Juvenile diabetes increased 23% between 2001 and 2009.
- One in 6 children has a developmental disability.
- One in 68 children are affected by autism.
- Epilepsy / seizures affects one in 20 children.
- 33% of childhood diseases are caused by environmental exposure.
This disturbing and costly trend would appear to confirm another earlier Harvard study that found U.S. children were sicker today than their parent's generation.
Prevention is better than cure! A new healthcare model is needed! One that focuses on prevention, education, and investing in the health of all children.
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