America's Children

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Children today are taking fewer drugs, committing fewer crimes and having fewer babies than kids more than a decade ago.

A study by the Foundation for Child Development says while the situation isn't completely rosy, the overall well being of children is improving.

The Child Well-Being Index tracks 28 separate measures. It shows binge drinking is down as is the teen birth rate and the crime rate.

However, children aren't doing as well when it comes to health, as there has been a huge increase in the number of children who are obese.

The study is based largely on a series of statistical reports from the Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics and other government agencies.


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