Fat and happy

Young people are doing better by most indicators, federal agencies report.

The birth rate for teenage mothers, which has declined steadily since 1991, hit a record low in 2002. And the death rate went down for young people.

But children were more likely to be overweight than they were before, and child poverty inched up after several years of decline, according to the report, which drew together findings from many federal agencies.

Despite all the Columbine-generated fears, violent crime by and against children also is declining.

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  1. Jetstorm says:

    My goodness, so things really aren’t that bad after all, are they?

    You know, there are some people out there who think that this latest generation of Americans currently coming of age (born after 1980) is a special group of kids that’s going to do special things and radically change the country and the world for the better. Maybe not as drastically as “The Greatest Generation” who survived the Great Depression and saved the world from the Axis Powers, but drastically nonetheless.

    Only time will tell.

  2. interested observer says:

    I’m working with some pretty impressive young people – I wouldn’t bet against them.

  3. Nobody seems to take into account that these teens are rebelling against parents who may have gotten pregnant in _thier_ teens, and are on their second (or third) marrage. As the ’60s kids rebelled against tightly controlled tradition, today’s kids are rebelling against their parents’ lack of control–and sometimes selfishness.