Young pop­u­la­tion to shrink fur­ther in fu­ture, new data shows

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

The laT­esT fig­ures ahead of May 19, a hol­i­day ded­i­cated to the coun­try’s youth, shows that Turk­ish youths ac­count for 16.1 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion and are ex­pected to shrink fur­ther in the fu­ture. State-run Turk­ish Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute (TurkS­tat) fig­ures also in­di­cate that the ma­jor­ity of the youth does not smoke and the pro­por­tion of obe­sity among the young has in­creased in re­cent years.

Those aged 15 to 24 num­bered 12.9 mil- lion last year. TurkS­tat fig­ures re­leased yes­ter­day in­di­cate that young males out­num­ber young fe­males. Pop­u­la­tion pro­jec­tions by TurkS­tat show the young pop­u­la­tion will con­sti­tute only 13.4 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in 2040 and drop fur­ther in the fol­low­ing decades.

The city with the high­est youth pop­u­la­tion is Hakkari in the south­east where the youth con­sti­tute 25.6 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion. It is fol­lowed by Şır­nak, another south­east­ern city. Turkey’s south­east­ern and eastern re­gions, where fam­i­lies tend to have more chil­dren com­pared to western re­gions, had rel­a­tively larger young pop­u­la­tion than other cities. The low­est young pop­u­la­tion was in Muğla, a south­west­ern city pop­u­lar among lo­cal and for­eign tourists as well as re­tirees.

TurkS­tat says 75.9 per­cent of youths have never smoked com­pared to 67.7 per­cent in 2014 - ap­par­ently good news for a coun­try that tries to shed its image as a na­tion of smok­ers. Un­der tee­to­taler Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan’s ten­ure as prime min­is­ter and pres­i­dent, the coun­try in­tro­duced strict reg­u­la­tions against smok­ing, in­clud­ing a land­mark ban on smok­ing in pub­lic places.

On the other hand, the obe­sity prob­lem has risen among the youth, as obese young peo­ple in­creased to 3.8 per­cent in 2016 from 3.3 per­cent in 2014.

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