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About 53% of out-of-school children are girls. • In Egypt, half of boys and one sixth of girls work in an income-generating activity. More than half of these adolescents are under the age of 15. Where are the girls? Many girls are at home helping with household chores and caring for younger siblings or working for others as domestic workers. As many as 90% of child domestic workers – the largest group of child workers in the world – are girls, the majority between 12 and 17 years old. Adolescent domestic workers may be the most vulnerable and exploited children of all: • They are deprived of schooling and social activity, as well as emotional support from friends and family.
Alcohol and drug users are also at higher risk of contracting STIs and HIV. • A survey in Romania found that one third of 11-year-old boys had consumed alcohol and that most males are occasional or regular drinkers by age 16. • In the United States in 1997, among 12th graders, 38% of boys and 24% of girls reported ‘binge’ drinking (having had five or more consecutive drinks within the previous two weeks). • The earlier illicit drug use begins, the more likely it is that the individual will take other types of drugs and will consume them more frequently.
In of humanity weathers the challenges India, 55% of adolescent girls were anaemic; in Guatemala, 48%; in Nepal, 42%; and in Cameroon, 32%. ” – Carol Bellamy In females, anaemia can increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, low birthweight, perinatal mortality and maternal mortality. Obesity and eating disorders Childhood obesity is the leading cause of paediatric hypertension, is associated with Type II diabetes mellitus, increases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases stress in the weight-bearing joints, lowers self-esteem and affects relationships with peers.