The proportion of students having sex before the age of 14 has doubled
On the morning of April 25, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) held a webinar to announce the report “Global Student Health Behavior Survey in Vietnam in 2019”.
At the workshop, Dr. Kidong Park, WHO Representative in Vietnam, said that the survey was carried out in 21 provinces with more than 7,700 students participating, providing data on risk factors leading to non-communicable diseases as well. like other diseases. The number of students participating in the survey are from grades 8-12 (corresponding to 13-17 year olds) from 81 schools.
13% of 13-17 year olds always feel lonely – Illustration
Comparing the survey in Vietnam in 2013 with 2019 shows that there have been many significant advances in a number of areas, some indicators have clearly improved such as the rate of underweight halving, the percentage of students using Alcohol, stimulants, tobacco…
The percentage of students who are physically active has increased. In which, the rate of exercising 60 minutes/day, 5 days a week has increased from 20.5% to 21.7%.
However, the percentage of students who are overweight and obese tends to increase, the rate of overweight doubles. Some risk behaviors such as drinking carbonated soft drinks, eating fast food are increased. In which, the rate of eating fast food at least once a week increased from 30.2% to 54.1%.
For the first time, the index of e-cigarette use was included in the survey, which also recorded the overall rate in 21 provinces and cities with 2.6% of students using e-cigarettes; Particularly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, this rate is up to 7.9%.
Notably, information from the research team showed that the rate sex Among students, there was a slight decrease, but the rate of having sex before the age of 14 doubled, from 1.45% in 2013 to 3.51% in 2019.
At the workshop, the WHO representative recommended that the education and health sectors need to develop a health promotion program for students, focusing on the quality of school meals, physical activity conditions for students; mental health, sexual health…
Also at the workshop, Assoc. .
“The data was collected before the Covid-19 epidemic occurred, but 13% of children felt lonely most of the time or always alone. Nearly 7% often felt anxious. The percentage of children who seriously consider suicide in the last 12 months has decreased slightly but among 6-7 children there is still one child seriously thinking about suicide in the past year. The percentage of parents accompanying their children is not high. This is something parents need to think about,” said Assoc.
According to this survey, the percentage of parents and guardians who understand their children’s anxiety problems is less than 30%. This indicator shows that parents need to make more efforts to accompany their children to know what worries and problems their children are having. Children at this age have many problems (study, love …).
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