Poll: Biggest child health problem is obesity

August 24, 2009

Obesity in children ranks as the leading child-related health issue, according to a poll of two thousand adults.

Obesity in children ranks as the leading child-related health issue for US adults, according to survey results. And the number of US adults citing obesity as their utmost concern is up from last year's survey.

A significant 42% of US adults indicate that childhood obesity is a major concern; in 2008, 35% of adults named obesity as the foremost concern. This is according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. The poll included 2,017 US adults.

For the survey, adults were given a list of 23 child health issues and asked to rank them. The second leading concern for adults was drug abuse (36% of respondents). Third was smoking (32%); fourth, bullying (31%); and fifth, Internet safety (31%). Ranking sixth in priority was child abuse and neglect (20%), up from 10th position in 2007.