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New poll finds some suprising answers concerning children's health

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Adults surveyed for a new poll rank childhood obesity as the top health concern for kids. 

More than two thousand adults were surveyed for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

Director Matt Davis says obesity, smoking and drug abuse top the list of health concerns adults have about children.

“However, when it comes to adults concerns about kids across the country,” Davis says, “We also find they are concerned about school violence and gun related injuries at rates that are much higher than their levels of concern about those issues in their own communities.”

But he says there are differences between whites, blacks and Hispanics on other health issues.

“African-American respondents were much more concerned about issues to violence in their communities and across the country,” says Davis, “Whereas Latino respondents are much more concerned about for stress for youth overall.”

Here are the overall top ten ranking in the poll:



Childhood obesity-29 %

Childhood obesity-55%

Smoking and tobacco use-26%


Drug Abuse-26%

Drug Abuse-49%

Bullying-23 %

Smoking and tobacco use-47%


School violence-44%

Alcohol abuse-19%

Child abuse and neglect-42%

Internet safety-18%

Alcohol abuse-41%

Child abuse and neglect-18%

Internet safety-40%

Teen pregnancy-16%

Gun-related injuries-39%

Not enough physical activity options-15%

Teen pregnancy-37%

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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