Bulgarian Youth - First in the EU in Severe Deprivation, Pregnancy and Obesity

Bulgaria is second in the EU at risk of poverty and social exclusion among young people and the first in the share of pregnant women in teenage age. It is also one of the countries with the most obese adolescents. Only in Slovakia there were fewer young people aged 18-24 at risk of depression.

These are part of the conclusions of a report by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) on inequalities in young people's access to information and support services. The data covers the period up to 2016 - the last one with data that provides a comparative basis for the whole of the European Union.

According to data, 14% of Europeans aged 18-24 were at risk of depression during the indicated period. This is the highest risk among young people in Sweden, followed by Estonia, Malta, the Netherlands and the UK. The proportion of young people suffering from chronic depression is lower, but there is still serious concern. Figures for 2014 show that 4% of Europeans aged 15-24 have been in this category. Most were in Ireland (12%), followed by Finland (11%), Sweden (10%) and Germany (9%).

The risk of depression is higher in low-income households. Women and young women (15-24 years old) are more prone to depression.

The spread of harassment and cyberbullying is increasing in several countries, with the most prevalent in the Baltic countries and the French speaking community in Belgium.

Among young people in Europe there are significant differences in access to healthcare. For example, the price they often have to pay is a problem for nearly three-quarters of people between 18 and 24 in Cyprus. In Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia and the UK there is a deterioration in most of the access indicators...

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