National Geographic : 1931 Apr
'The "TeenAge SOOK at that fine boy of yours, brought safely through childhood ailments. Now, as he enters his "teens", while he is still growing, he must build his health to guard against tuberculosis-a mortal enemy of those in run-down condition. Adolescence is a critical age in physical development. It is a period of special strain-when growth and change are rapid-and when health and strength must be kept at the highest possible point. Your boy may be tempted to over-tax his strength and undermine his vitality by striving to compete with older and stronger boys. Or your daughter may risk her health by too much social activity added to her school work, or by dieting in an effort to keep slender in emulation of some screen celebrity. Low vitality and under-nourishment make boys and girls especially suscep tible to tuberculosis. During the early "teens" the develop- ment of tuberculosis of the lungs is usually so slight as to cause none of those familiar symptoms ofthe advanced © 1931M.L. I. CO. stages of the disease-loss of weight, lack of appetite, indigestion, fatigue and a persist ent cough. The first symptoms in adoles cence may be listlessness, overtiredness, failure to gain weight, night sweats. 4 p But in the late "teens" or early twenties, in event of low vitality, tuberculosis germs-especially in case of re-infection or heavy infection - gain headway. The tuberculosis deathrate reaches its peak among women at about age 22 and among men at about 42. Many of these deaths can be prevented. Perhaps during no age in life are annual physical check-ups more important and valuable than during adolescence. And should you have any reason to suspect the presence of tuberculosis, consult your doctor as to the advisability of having the tuberculin or x-ray tests to find out whether or not your boy or girl is threatened. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Com pany will gladly mail, free, to anyone who requests it, a copy of its booklet, "The Care and Prevention of Tuber culosis." Ask for Booklet 4 3i'N. The Metropolitanprints this message to aid in the intensive April campaign of the National, State and local Tuberculosis Organizationsto safeguard boys and girls in the "teen age" against tuberculosis. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT ., ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."