to a national poll on children's health 'not enough exercise" has gained the
highest place in the priority list.
year 2012, lack of exercise is seen as the top health concern for children, according
to a new University of Michigan C.S.Mott Children's Hospital National Poll,
exclusively conducted on children's health.
nation wide poll's annual "top 10" list, a sample population of adults were
asked to prioritize and list the top 10 health concerns regarding children.
first time in all these years 'not enough exercise' was rated by the majority
of adults (39%) as the the biggest health concern. This was followed by
childhood obesity (38%), smoking and tobacco use (34%), drug abuse (33%)
bullying (29%) stress (27%) alcohol abuse (23 %) teen pregnancy (23%) internet
safety( 22%) child abuse and neglect (20%).
poll's results varied depending on race and ethnicity. Hispanic adults were
more likely to rate obesity among kids first, followed by 'not enough
exercise', drug abuse, smoking and tobacco use. Black adults too rated smoking
and tobacco use as factors of highest concern. These two groups, however,
listed racial inequality, gun-related injuries and sexually- transmitted diseases
higher on their list.
health and welfare programs must take these community-related variations and
come up with programs that address specific needs.
obesity is a serious concern and most adults are aware of the fact that lack of
exercise is the prime reason behind this frightening trend. Michelle Obama's
campaign "lets move" attempts to fight this deplorable development among
Americans, especially children. The first lady has even come up with a program
to get children to eat a healthy lunch provided at school, contrary to the junk
food that kids love to eat these days.
Children must be encouraged to exercise
regularly, as exercising has added benefits such as improving attention and
learning skills. After all, it's only a healthy child who grows to become a