The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health is out for 2014 listing the top 10 health concerns adults have for their children and communities. This is the eighth year for the report, and the first time adults have also been asked about their concerns nationwide as well as in their own communities.
In 2007, out of a list of 17 concerns, smoking was #1 of the top 10 health concerns compiled for the report. Even with declining smoking rates among teens through the years, parents still see smoking and tobacco use as a health concern, enough so that it remains near the top of the list each year.
The newest report shows that childhood obesity is now the top concern at the local community level, followed by smoking/tobacco use, drug abuse and bullying. The national level lists the same health concerns in a slightly different order: childhood obesity, bullying, drug abuse and smoking/tobacco use.
Dr. Matthew M. Davis, director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, says the newest top 10 report gives “a national agenda of the top health problems of the kids that adults would like to see policy-makers address.”
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