Top Ten Social Issues

The world has had to tackle several social issues, and it would be interesting to list the top ten social issues that have hit humanity. In this way, we can analyze where we are heading towards. With this brief introduction we shall now proceed to look into the top ten social issues that have made an impact on this entire world.


1. Obesity:

Strategic focus: Health
Obesity has been on the rise in these modern times. The number of overweight people as well as obese people seems to have increased from the survey that was conducted back in the year 2002. This issue is attributed to the nature of most jobs and the food pattern that is currently in action in our busy society. Unhealthy food habits along with less dedication to workouts have resulted in this obesity problem.


2. Smoking:

Strategic focus: Health
The percentage of smokers has fallen from about 26.5% in the year 1998 to about 20.8% as observed in a survey that was conducted in the year 2006. As the laws get tougher on smokers, it seems people seem to be quitting this deadly habit.


3. Youth Alcohol Usage:
Youth Alcohol Usage

Strategic focus: Health
Among the twelfth graders in one survey, about 49% were found to have consumed alcohol a month before the survey was taken. The worst part of this is that the many parents are unaware of it. In fact, most of the parents don’t seem to have clear and personal talks with their children. This is considered to be one of the big reasons why these youngsters have been pulled into alcohol and drugs.


4. Transportation:

Strategic focus: Self-sufficiency
Transportation has often been one of the needs that cannot be met for people who live in poverty. This can make the situation worse.


5. Poverty:

Strategic focus: Self-sufficiency
Midland has recorded the highest number of people who are subject to poverty. The number of deaths due to poverty has seen an exponential rise and the measures taken against the same seem to be moving at a snail pace while the poverty is galloping ahead. This is one social issue that requires immediate attention since the lives of many poverty-struck villages are at bay.


6. Basic Needs:
Basic Needs

Strategic focus: Self-sufficiency
With the exponentially growing population of homeless people, there have been heavy demands for basic needs such as food, housing and also utilities. The worst scenario is that their needs are not being catered to due to acute shortage of the basic amenities.


7. Homelessness:

Strategic focus: Self-sufficiency
Among the world’s many homeless people, about 30% of them are found to be single adults while about 50% of them are adults with families inclusive of children.


8. Homeless Population:
Homeless Population

Strategic focus: Self-sufficiency
Among all the single homeless people in the world, it is believed that around 22% are suffering from some sort of mental illness, while 22% have been caught with substance abuse such as drug abuse, etc.


9. Teen Violence and Abuse:
teen violance

Strategic focus: Education
This is definitely a heart-breaking issue prevalent almost all over the world. Based on a survey, out of the surveyed teenagers, about 30% seemed to have become victims of physical abuse and 29% were subject to violence.


10. Teen Depression and Suicide:
depression teen

Strategic focus: Education
At number ten, we have teen depression and suicide ruling the teen community. The reasons for depression are many, but the result has unanimously ended in depression and attempted suicides. According to rough statistics, it is said that about 27% of teenage kids have been driven into depression, of which 16% are found to be girls and 11% are boys.

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