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Childhood Obesity, Drug Abuse Top Concerns for Children

Internet Behavior, Including Sexting, Also Major Concern

Public Getting the Message About Childhood Obesity continued...

“This finding is a reminder that newly popular programs to address bullying and Internet safety concerns in many communities must not crowd out initiatives that address immediate safety issues related to neighborhood and interpersonal violence,” Davis says.

Tables of Top Concerns Overall and by Racial/Ethnic Groups

Overall, here is the top 10 health concerns of all adults polled:

  1. Childhood obesity, 33%
  2. Drug abuse, 33%
  3. Smoking and tobacco use, 23%
  4. Teen pregnancy, 24%
  5. Bullying, 24%
  6. Internet safety, 23%
  7. Stress, 22%
  8. Alcohol abuse, 20%
  9. Driving accidents, 20%
  10. Sexting, 20%

Here are the top 10 health concerns for children among black adults:

  1. Drug abuse, 44%
  2. Childhood obesity, 44%
  3. Smoking and tobacco use, 36%
  4. Gun-related injuries, 36%
  5. School violence, 35%
  6. Unsafe neighborhoods, 34%
  7. Alcohol abuse, 33%
  8. Teen pregnancy 33%
  9. Sexually transmitted infections, 31%
  10. Sexting, 31%

Here are the top 10 health concerns for children among Hispanic adults:

  1. Drug abuse, 49%
  2. Teen pregnancy, 44%
  3. Childhood obesity, 44%
  4. Child abuse and neglect, 38%
  5. Stress, 38%
  6. Driving accidents, 37%
  7. Bullying, 37%
  8. Smoking and tobacco use, 35%
  9. Internet safety, 34%
  10. Sexually transmitted infections, 33%

Here are the top health worries of white adults:

  1. Childhood obesity, 30%
  2. Drug abuse, 28%
  3. Smoking and tobacco use, 22%
  4. Internet safety, 21%
  5. Bullying, 21%
  6. Teen pregnancy, 19%
  7. Stress, 18%
  8. Alcohol abuse, 17%
  9. Sexting, 16%
  10. Driving accidents, 16%

The researchers say one of the most “notable” findings from the poll involves the differences in health concerns by race and ethnicity and highlights the need for local programs aimed at addressing community specific problems.

The survey involved 2,130 adults aged 18 or older, weighted to reflect population figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Davis tells WebMD that 1,558 people polled were white, 217 non-Hispanic black, 216 Hispanic, and 139 in other race/ethnicity categories.

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