A snapshot of the health of young people in Europe : a report prepared for the European Union Conference on Youth Health, Brussels, Belgium 9-10 July 2009

Vivian Barnekow (Editor), Candace Currie (Editor), Cara Letsch (Editor), Margaretha de Looze (Editor), Antony Morgan (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report has been prepared by the WHO Regional Office for Europe to support the European Commission conference, Youth health initiative: be healthy, be yourself, held in Brussels, Belgium on 9 and 10 July 2009. The report offers a “snapshot” of the health of young people in Europe with data drawn from an extensive range of sources, but in particular the 2006 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey report. The HBSC Survey covers health behaviours of 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds; data on 16-25-year-olds, who are the main focus of the European Commission Conference on Youth and Health, are more difficult to find. This snapshot report nevertheless presents valid and informative data on a wide range of health issues that are important to young people, including injuries and accidents, mental health, overweight and obesity, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, substance misuse and sexual health.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherWHO Regional Office for Europe
Number of pages122
Publication statusPublished - 2009



  • adolescent behaviour
  • child welfare
  • health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC)
  • education
  • health surveys
  • health status indicators
  • socioeconomic factors
  • Europe

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