Report shows Oklahoma adolescent health risks

Thursday, September 30th 2004, 4:52 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A new survey shows Oklahoma high school students are more likely to binge drink and carry weapons than their national counterparts.

The report entitled "Health Transitions for Oklahoma's Youth" also shows Oklahoma high school students get less exercise in school.

State health officials say the report points to behavioral problems that must be changed in adolescents if the state is to improve its overall health status.

State Board of Health member Doctor Gordon Deckert says Oklahoma is the only state where the health of residents declined in the past decade.

The report also reveals problems associated with overeating, depression and drug abuse.

In response to the report, state officials are recommending more exercise alternatives for students and better enforcement of laws on the sale of alcohol and tobacco.