Adults consider a lack of exercise to be the most pressing health problem for American youths, with childhood obesity trailing close behind, according to the sixth annual C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
The survey, released last week, gauged the opinions of 2,144 adults ages 18 or older.
“Not enough exercise” finished as the most popular response, with 39 percent of respondents calling it a “big” problem. “Childhood obesity” was next, with 38 percent of survey-takers rating it a big problem. Drug abuse, bullying, and stress rounded out the top five.
A version of this article appeared in the August 29, 2012 edition of Education Week as Child-Health Issues Big Concern for Adults