Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston examined the prevalence of chronic health conditions including obesity, asthma, other physical conditions, and behavior/learning problems in three consecutive groups of children, each over a six-year period. The study was released in the Feb. 17 Journal of the American Medical Association.
- The prevalence of having a chronic condition during any part of the 6-year study period increased approximately 10% with each group, with 51.5% of the third group (8 – 14 year olds) reporting a chronic condition during the most recent study period.
- There were higher rates of chronic health conditions reported among male, Hispanic and black youth.
- Prevalence of chronic conditions among children and youth increased from 1988 to 2006. However, presence of these conditions was dynamic.