According to a study conducted by the Robert Koch Institute on the child and adolescent health published earlier in the month of October, it has been found that one in six children receive medical treatment annually for an injury occurred in an accident. Nearly 20% of the children and adolescents also show potential symptoms of having an eating disorder. 36% of the 3 to 17-year-old age category have been prescribed to consume at least one medicine or a dietary supplement as a part of their weekly schedule. However, it was interesting to see that the obesity rates have not risen by a large number in the recent years. Moreover, low-income adolescents seem to be more physically inactive as compared to the middle and high-income groups with the numbers being 28.2%, 18.4% and 11.1%, respectively.
The range of topics that are covered by the “Study on the Health of Children and Adolescents in Germany” (KiGGS) is very varied and comprehensive in nature. “The KiGGS study has succeeded in best fulfilling our claim to data for action,” emphasizes Lothar H. Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute. The KiGGS baseline study, which was conducted from 2003 to 2006 has provided, for the first time, reliable and factual information about the health of children and adolescents of all age groups in Germany — not only from surveys that have been previously conducted but also from physical examinations. “KiGGS provides the basis for public health activities for the health of all children and adolescents,” emphasizes Wieler.