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Millions of Kids Unsatisfied With Their Health

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A new study out of the United Kingdom found that a significant number of teens and young adults are living with high levels of anxiety. While the percentage of those in the study by the Office of National Statistics who reported they were happy was astoundingly high—upwards of 75 percent—the study also showed a steadily increasing number of young folks reporting they were dissatisfied with their health, the BBC reports.

Some 18 percent reported they have high levels of anxiety and 16 percent said they had "medium" levels. More than one-fifth showed indications of depression and anxiety, a concern for university officials who worry that institutes for young people aren't offering enough support for the well-being of their attendees.

Sir Anthony Seldon, University of Buckingham vice-chancellor, has offered up ideas for how colleges and universities can intervene, such as as "better use of personal tutors, buddy schemes for support between students," confronting "bro culture" and promoting healthy eating and lifestyles.

Statistics out of the ONS showed that depression or anxiety starts young, though in a smaller but still significant group. One out of eight kids ages 10 to 15 reported at least some symptoms of mental illness.

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