Teen symptoms and unhealthy behaviors due to stress in the U.S. by gender 2013

This statistic displays the reported symptoms and unhealthy behaviors due to stress in teenagers in the United States as of 2013. Of surveyed teenagers, 39 percent of girls reported eating too much or too little, while only 14 percent of boys reported this behavior due to stress. Stress can impact overall health despite a lack of awareness. High stress can weaken the immune system and cause exhaustion in the body. School is one of the most common sources of stress for teenagers.

Stress symptoms and unhealthy behaviors reported by U.S. teens in 2013, by gender

Boys Girls
Feeling irritable or angry36%45%
Fatigue/feeling tired30%42%
Feeling as though I could cry20%44%
Eating too much or too little14%39%
Skipping a meal15%31%
Overeating/eating unhealthy foods17%35%
Change in appetite8%22%
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Source

Release date

February 2014

Region

United States

Survey time period

August 3 to 31, 2013

Number of respondents

1,108 respondents

Age group

13-17 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Number of respondents: teen boys n=432; teen girls n=586.

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