Many of the United States’ top health problems—including heart attack, stroke, and complications from type 2 diabetes—are relatively uncommon among teens and young adults. There are, however, a number of health risks that are of particular concern for individuals between the ages of 13 and 25. Many of the behaviors this age group is likely to participate in—from listening to loud music to vaping to constantly using smartphones—can have a profound impact on their health.
This book examines these threats to teen health using a top-to-bottom organization that focuses on particular parts of the body and systems. Each chapter provides background information on the anatomy and function of each part or system before diving into the issues most pertinent to teens. Readers will discover how these threats arise, how they can affect health both now and in the future, and what can be done to prevent, treat, or minimize the impact of these threats. Each chapter also includes a selection of accessible further readings that can be used as a jumping-off point for additional research.
- Addresses health issues of perennial concern, such as STIs and the dangers of smoking and drinking, as well as emerging hot topics, such as the dangers of too much sitting and the overuse of computer and smartphone screens
- Features a unique head-to-toe layout that presents information in an organized and accessible way
- Includes easy-to-understand explanations of the structure and function of each part of the body or system
- Offers practical advice on how to safeguard the health of each part of the body or system, providing readers with the information they need to make better decisions in their daily lives