UK youth to be “most infertile in the history of mankind”
- By: Ioana Vlad
Young people in the United Kingdom are destroying their future health as a result of their alcohol drinking, drug taking, obesity, and sexual behaviour, says a new report. Speaking at the launch of the BMA's report on adolescent health, Russell Viner, a consultant in adolescent medicine, said, “The next generation will be the most infertile, obese, and suffer from the most mental health problems in the history of mankind.”
According to the report, one in five people aged between 13 and 16 are overweight, one in four of 15 and 16 year olds smoke, one in 10 women aged between 16 and 19 are infected with chlamydia, and about 3% of women conceive younger than 20. More than a tenth of all 11 to 15 year olds in England used drugs at least once in the past year.
Vivienne Nathanson, the BMA's head of science and ethics, said that the