The age-old question of whether nude beaches are for kids and young adults has been answered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A CDC report released on Thursday found that the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that beach nudity was “generally safe” for children and teens.
“Nude beach bathing was a relatively new phenomenon in the United States in the 1970s, but the CDC data showed that beach bathing for teens and young men was relatively safe compared to the rest of the population,” the report said.
The CDC found that while beaches in some coastal states had a higher rate of beach-related hospitalizations than others, they had lower rates of beach related deaths.
In some coastal cities, beach-associated hospitalizations were nearly double those of beaches in other areas.
The most common beach-involved hospitalizations occurred in Miami Beach, Florida, which had more than 200 beach- related deaths in 2017.
“While beach bathing may be associated with lower rates, this finding is not a cause for concern,” the CDC said.
“Surfers and beach-goers were more likely to be injured on beaches, as well as to be hospitalized.”
According to the CDC, “there is a strong connection between beach and hospitalization rates.”
“Bathrooms have a place in beach safety, but it’s a place where you can’t just walk in and do something.
There are physical barriers to the water and people have to be careful,” said Mark T. Jones, an infectious disease expert at the University of Florida.