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Many children in rich countries are threatened with obesity and lack basic maths and reading skills

Many children in rich countries have poor mental health, are at risk of obesity and lack basic maths and reading skills, DPA reported, citing a UNICEF report.
Bulgaria ranks the penultimate 37th in the overall ranking of EU countries and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for mental and physical health and children's skills, BTA reported.

Finally, according to the report “What determines the well-being of children in rich countries” is Chile, and before Bulgaria is the United States.

About 20 percent of children in the wealthiest countries are not satisfied with their lives. In Turkey, only 53 percent of them are happy. Among the most downtrodden children are Japanese and British people. In mental health, Bulgaria is ranked 18th.

The most suicides among teenagers are found in Lithuania. New Zealand and Estonia follow.

As for physical health, about a third of children are overweight or obese. By this indicator, Bulgaria is ranked the penultimate 37th place.

About 40 percent of children do not have basic reading and mathematics skills by the age of 15. Chile, Bulgaria and Romania have performed the worst.

Pre-pandemic data from the new coronavirus were used for the report. However, the authors warn that it is an essential threat to the welfare of children.

"Many of the richest countries in the world, which have the resources to provide a good childhood for everyone, do not cope with this,” said Gunilla Olson, director of the Innocenti program. “If governments do not take swift and decisive action to protect the well-being of children in their programs against pandemic, we can expect even greater impoverishment, deterioration of mental and physical health and a growing gap in their skills”.

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