Here’s How Our Children Are Doing in 2016

Here’s How Our Children Are Doing in 2016

Parent and Nashville Dermatologist Shares National Report on Children’s Health

As a Nashville dermatologist who is also a parent, I find it incredibly important to keep up with the latest information when it comes to statistics about the welfare of our younger population - because that includes my kids, too. Even though I am a dermatologist in Nashville and treat skin concerns, I often have a lot of parents in my office and how our children are doing is always on our minds, and a frequent topic of discussion. That’s why I was most interested when I came across a report from called Americas Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2016.

The main reveal from this report was that American youngsters and adolescents today are healthier and safer than they were a generation ago, due to:

- Lower rates of teen pregnancy

- Decline in binge drinking

- Greater access to health insurance

- Better housing conditions, with a decrease in shelter cost burden, crowding and physically inadequate housing

- Decrease in number of regular smokers

- Greater parental employment security

- Reduced drug usage

However, it isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Despite these great advances, there’s a couple of things that are not looking good, such as:

- Increased obesity

- Higher rates of poverty

- Greater percentages of children living in homes with low food security for black, non-Hispanic and Hispanic children than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts 

- Increase in adolescent injury deaths

Although Nashville is one of the greatest cities in the United States, I know these key issues are problems right here in Nashville too, among many others. For instance, did you know that hard water could impact your child? Or how to look out for signs of childhood melanoma? If you’re a parent, I would urge you to take a look at the report here and ensure you take the time to see what’s affecting our children today.

And the next time you visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, or Pulaski, let us know if you like us including scientific information, that is not dermatologist based, in our weekly blogs ! If you’ve been meaning to see a dermatologist, take advantage of our new online booking system and book an appointment today.


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About The Author

Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD