Obesity remains top childhood health concern

Obesity remains top childhood health concern


>>Hi there. I’m Doctor Matt Davis. I’m a primary care pediatrician, and the director of the C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. It’s August, 2013, and that means
it’s time for our annual top 10 list. When the National Poll on
Children’s Health does a top 10 list, that means we’re giving you the
latest measurement of how adults across the country have concerns
about children’s health. Our annual list provides a way to
take the pulse of the American public, and its concerns about children,
and how they’re doing. So this month I’m going to give you our latest
list of the top 10 concerns that adults have about children’s health in the United States. So here’s the list. Number 1 concern, childhood obesity, number 2
drug abuse, number 3 smoking and tobacco use. These three problems have dominated the top
of our top 10 list for the last 7 years. They’re all problems related
in some way to health behavior. They’re also problems that have short-term
and long-term health consequences for kids, especially as they grow up
into their adult years. Rounding out the top 10 are bullying, stress,
alcohol abuse, child abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, Internet safety, and depression. We found some key differences in this top 10
list from the National Poll on Children’s Health by the races and ethnicities of the
adults who told us about their concerns for the health of kids in their communities. For example, among Hispanics their
number 1 concern was childhood obesity, but their number 2 concern was bullying,
followed by number 3 drug abuse. Among African-American adults their number
1 concern was smoking and tobacco use, followed by drug abuse, and then their
number 3 concern was school violence. The overall number 1 concern of
childhood obesity was actually number 6 on the list for African-American adults. These differences remind us that medical and
public health professionals need to be aware of how different communities may perceive the
problems of children’s health differently, based on their own priorities, and
the needs of their neighborhoods. So this year in our top 10 list,
we have some familiar concerns — childhood obesity, drug abuse,
and smoking and tobacco use. But we also see some key differences by the
races and ethnicities of the adults who told us about their concerns for the health
of kids in their communities. If you’d like to learn more about our top
10 list this year, or you’d like to look at how top 10 concerns have changed over
time, please go to our website mottnpch.org. Take a look at our information
there, leave us a comment, and let us know what you think
about the top 10 list for 2013. [ Music ]

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