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List: Top 10 Overall Health Concerns Rated as a Big Problem for U.S. Children

Date: May 2009

Source: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Base: Nationally representative household survey administered to 2,017 randomly selected, stratified group of adults aged 18 and older. The sample was subsequently weighted to reflect population figures from the Census Bureau. Survey completion rate = 59 percent among panel members contacted to participate. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 to 4 percentage points for the main analysis.

Notes: Survey was conducted by Knowledge Networks Inc. The full report, with breakdowns by socio-economic group and race can be found in this pdf. Health issues for children not ranked in the top ten included: chemicals in the environment, driving accidents, sexually transmitted infections, school violence, depression, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, asthma, autism, eating disorders, neighborhood safety, dental problems, suicide and unsafe foods.

General Health Problem

% Adults agreeing

Childhood Obesity

42

Drug Abuse

36

Smoking

32

Bullying

31

Internet Safety

31

Child Abuse / Neglect

29

Alcohol Abuse

27

Stress

26

Not enough opportunities for physical activity

25

Teen Pregnancy

24


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