What are your top concerns when it comes to your kids and their health? Drugs? Teen pregnancy? Childhood obesity? A new poll has found all of these and more among the top 10 health concerns for kids today.
According to the fifth annual survey of the top 10 health concerns for kids conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, most of the top 10 health concerns are old standbys that have been worrying parents for ages — drug, alcohol and tobacco use, as well as teen pregnancy to name a few. But added to that list are new concerns that have only recently popped onto many parent's radar, including Internet safety and sexting.
In May 2011, the poll asked adults to rate 23 different health concerns for children living in their communities. The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in 2011 include:
1. Childhood obesity, 33%
2. Drug abuse, 33%
3. Smoking and tobacco use, 25%
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%
Personally, I would have to say that bullying and childhood obesity top my concern list for my own kids, but that's also because they are young and don't even know what texting is — let alone sexting. Give me a few years and I'm sure Internet safety and sexting — or whatever it is kids are doing then — will skyrocket to the top of my list.
What are your biggest concerns regarding your kids' health and safety?