Read the Guardian article British teenagers among least satisfied in western world and choose the word or phrase that best fits into each space 1-12. There are four words you do not need to use. 0 is an example.
British teenagers among least satisfied in western world
British teenagers feel pressured at school, worry they are too fat and drink too much alcohol, according to an international study that finds they are among the least satisfied with their lives compared with their (0) … around the world.
Researchers who conducted the study of children in 42 countries concluded that 15-year-old girls in England, Wales and Scotland appeared to be at particular risk, suffering from high levels of (1) … and worries about health.
The World Health Organisation report found that 15-year-olds in England and Wales were among the least (2) … to report high levels of satisfaction with their lives, with only children from Poland and Macedonia being less satisfied.
(3) … boys and girls in England, Scotland and Wales were also among the most stressed at school, with Scottish 15-year-olds feeling most pressured by schoolwork in the UK and coming second only to Malta.
Dr Joanna Inchley, the deputy director of the child and adolescent health research unit at the University of St Andrews, pointed out researchers were struck by the (4) … in life satisfaction among young people between the ages of 11 and 15.
“Particularly concerning is the increase in school-related stress which may be contributing to poorer mental wellbeing, especially among 15-year-old girls. It is essential that we look at ways of (5) … support to young people to help them navigate the challenges they (6) … during adolescence.”
The study of almost 220,000 young people across Europe and North America found that girls reported poorer mental health than boys. By the age of 15, 20% of girls described their health as fair or poor, (7) … half experienced multiple health complaints more than once a week.
Obesity is higher among boys, yet girls were more inclined to think they were fat, with a quarter of 15-year-old girls being (8) … a diet.
One UK success story is that (9) … of weekly drinking and smoking have halved in the last decade, but the report still showed that drunkenness among British teenagers persists.
Internationally, sexual activity appears to have declined, dropping from 29% to 24% and for girls from 23% to 17%. Boys were more inclined than girls to (10) … they had experienced sexual activity, except in England and Wales where girls reported it more.
Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO European regional director, commented: “Health behaviours and social habits and attitudes acquired in the critical second decade of a young person’s life can carry on into (11) … and affect the entire life-course. Despite considerable advances in adolescent health, (12) … the welcome reduction in adolescent smoking behaviours, many still have to deal with huge inequities; girls and children from lower-income families consistently report poorer physical and mental health and lower rates of physical activities than boys and children from more affluent families.”
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