An overwhelming majority of adults are concerned about the expanding waistlines of children in the United States, with 84 percent viewing childhood obesity as a “major problem,” according to a Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll.
The poll found that 81 percent of adults blame parents, not marketing and food-industry advertising, for children’s weight problems; 83 percent say public schools should boost efforts to restrict student access to junk foods; and 93 percent believe schools need to “do more to promote regular exercise.”
The results of the poll were based on the responses of 2,078 adults.
Vol. 25, Issue 44, Page 16Published in Print: August 9, 2006, as Youth Obesity