What are the top health concerns for American children?

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A sample of parents across the country were asked to list the biggest health concerns for children in their local communities, and nationwide.

Childhood obesity remains number one on a list of the top ten child health concerns nationwide.

(NBC) - Obesity remains the top health concern for American children, according to the latest University of Michigan poll.

A sample of parents across the country were asked to list the biggest health concerns for children in their local communities, and nationwide.

Childhood obesity topped both lists, while substance abuse and bullying ranked not far behind.

But there were differences in this year's poll.

School violence and gun injuries made the list of concerns on a national level, but not from a local community perspective.

Researchers say recent shootings and other violent events in schools may be responsible for worries from a national perspective.

They are also encouraged that parents realize the short and long term health impacts of obesity.


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