Concerns for kids: obesity, exercise


A nationwide poll of adults ranked lack of exercise and obesity as top health concerns for children in 2012.

In the sixth annual University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, not enough exercise was rated at the top of the list (39 percent), followed closely by childhood obesity (38 percent).

Subsequent results were:

• Smoking and tobacco use (34 percent)

• Drug abuse (33 percent)

• Bullying (29 percent)

• Stress (27 percent)

• Alcohol abuse (23 percent)

• Teen pregnancy (23 percent)

• Internet safety (22 percent)

• Child abuse and neglect (20 percent)

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin