Disturbing stats revealed on Iranian children and teens

Iran Materials 26 September 2012 12:26 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 26 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

The Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran has published a report on Iranian children and teens, IRNA reported.

Some parts of the report can be considered worrying, as according to it, the number of children smokers in Iran has significantly increased.

"In 2004 there were only 3 percent of children smokers, while in 2012 this figure has already reached 10 percent," Head of a Medical Center within the Health Ministry, Mohammad Esmail Mutleg said.

He added that in 8 years since 2012, the number of overweight teens has decreased from 8,73 percent in 2004 to 6,48 percent in 2012.

Further Mutleg noted that about 7,7 percent of children aged 6-18 in Iran have had high blood pressure in 2004, while in 2012 this figure slightly decreased to 7,5 percent.

Speaking of influence of television on children, Mutleg said that 56 percent of children in Iran used to watch television at least 4 hours a day in 2004, while in 2012 this figure fell to 26 percent.