Adolescents aged 12-18 are most at risk, in particular those with a minority background and/or a low socioeconomic status. It has been proven that this age range is at increased risk because of various factors including hormonal imbalances, poor lifestyle choices, chronic diseases, and lack access to healthcare.
A racial imbalance is also an issue, as youth from certain ethnic backgrounds are more susceptible to discrimination, or lack of resources, depending on their location. There may be a cultural stigma attached to this issue, which can prevent people from getting help. In order to ensure that all people can equally benefit from the measures implemented, both healthcare professionals and policy makers should take into account any potential inequalities.