Analyzing Problems of Childhood and Adolescence

Patricia Cerrito (University of Louisville, USA) and Aparna Sreepada (University of Louisville, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 274
EISBN13: 9781609603076|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-723-7.ch012
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The study presents the analysis of the results of a health survey that focuses on the health risk behaviors and attitudes in adolescents that result in teenage obesity. Predictive models are built and charts are plotted to map variations in childhood physical health with respect to their weight behavior and to compare the impact of each weight control plan. The analysis provides many useful observations and suggestions that can be helpful in developing child health policies. We also investigate another aspect of child health by examining the severity of immediate risk from disease versus the immediate risk from childhood vaccination by comparing mortality rates from the disease to the mortality rates from the vaccination. Results show that for some individuals, the risk from the vaccine can be higher than the risk from the disease. Therefore, individual risk should be taken into consideration rather than uniform risk across the population.
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