45% of Young Mexicans Face Food Shortages, Mortality Rates and Rising Teen Pregnancies
Anjalee Khemlani - Latin Post
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July 14, 2014



Samara Lopez, 7, looks into her reflection in a squatters villag in Mexico City, Mexico. (John Moore/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY  About 44.9 percent of Mexicans ages 12 to 29 are in poverty and struggle with high youth mortality rates and increasing teen pregnancies.

The young Mexicans face food shortages, violence, few job opportunities and lack of access to adequate medical coverage, according to Univision, which quoted Mexican newspaper El Universal.

In 2012, more than 400,000 teen pregnancies were reported.

The information was published in a joint study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud.

The study explored factors such as the age when the youth began sexual activity, which increases health risks, as well as the high mortality rates among young males - 22 percent, compared to under 6 percent of females - from assaults or self-inflicted wounds.

But the information is hardly new.

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