Girl Scouts has released findings from “The State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends” report, a collection of data exploring the overall well-being of girls in the United States. Compiled and released by Girl Scouts of the USA’s Girl Scout Research Institute, this third edition of “The State of Girls” found that, regardless of an increase in high school graduation rates, economic conditions affecting girls in the United States have not fully recovered from the Great Recession. These conditions are leading to increased emotional and physical distress among girls, with obesity, marijuana use, and low self-esteem on the rise.
Florida dropped from No. 36 to No. 39 among rankings for girls’ well-being.
A closer look Florida’s data shows the following:
Health and Well-Being: Girls in Florida are generally healthier now than they were in 2007, despite a slight uptick in girls ages 6-17 with emotional, behavioral or developmental issues. More girls feel safe at school, and fewer girls are overweight or obese.
Demographics: Florida’s girl population is more diverse, with more Latina and Asian girls than 10 years ago. Thirty-four percent of girls ages 5-17 live in immigrant families.
Economics: Poverty rates for girls in Florida have increased to 23 percent of girls ages 5-17 livin...