7/28/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week
We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!
It's estimated that teens age 13-18 spend an average of nine hours a day consuming media, and when it comes to news, they aren't going to news sites to keep up. Instead, they're checking apps, mostly Snapchat and Twitter. That means it's even more important that they understand how to identify fake news. Our story, Which One is #FakeNews?, can help you bring a lesson on media literacy and safe newsgathering to your class.
Experts are concerned that incentivized apps can become habit-forming for teens. One such Snapchat feature requires users to send a snap each day for three days to start a Snapstreak. If one day is missed, the Snapstreak count will go back to zero. This can create hierarchies of friendships that make teens feel like they'll disappoint others if they break the streak.
A long-term study published in the journal Cancer looked at more than a million Israeli men and more than 700,000 Israeli women from 1967 to 2002. Those who were overweight or obese at 17 (even if they were healthy in general) showed about a 50 percent increase in risk of colon cancer as an adult.
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