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Top 10 Health Concerns for Children – 2010

A recent research was done by University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health on health concern for children. The results are quite alarming as the major health concerns for children are childhood obesity, drug abuse, smoking, bullying, teen pregnancy, and much more.

Parenthood is joy; do you agree with me? With this joy comes the responsibility of developing a healthy child and teaching values. A recent research on top 10 health concerns for children is really alarming. There lies bigger responsibilities for today’s parents; parenting is not just spending time with kids or teaching financial responsibility anymore. Let us take a look at the top 10 health concerns for children. 

This research was done by the University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. A poll was taken on May, 2010 to rate the top 20 health concerns for children and 2,064 adults participated in this poll. 

1. Childhood obesity tops the list with 38% voting it as the biggest health concerns for children. In the last 25 years, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled. This may even increase the risk of heart diseases and diabetics. I think it is time parents develop healthy eating habits among children. You may find out whether your child is obese or not by measuring the neck circumference.

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2. Drug abuse is the next biggest health concern with 30% votes. Since 2007, drug abuse is in the second position in health concerns among children. The rate of illegal drug abuse is declining; however, abuse of prescription medications remains high. Some common drug abuse among children and teen are alcohol and marijuana. This health concern may lead to depression, anxiety and various other mental health issues.

3. Smoking is voted as another health concern for children by 29% of the voters. In the year 2007, smoking took the first position in health concerns and has now come down to third position. The survey said that nearly 4.5 million of the adolescents in the US smoke. Cigarette smoking may lead to health issues like respiratory diseases, problems with the lung, etc.

4. Internet safety is voted as a health concern by 25% of the voters. This may come as a surprise as many may have the question of how internet safety is a health concern for children. With the advent of the Internet, more and more children are using it and are becoming addicted to the Internet. I totally agree that children can learn a lot if Internet is used wisely, but on the other hand problems like identity theft and cyber-bullying are also increasing. Parents can utilize the privacy settings and can safeguard their children.

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  1. Great Information….

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. An amazing entry. I wouldn’t have guessed these to be the leading ten.

  3. An excellent article. Thanks for sharing the info.

  4. Well presented. Children are always in harms way if we are not aware of whats happening.

  5. Wonderful insight on things that can affect our children..

  6. Excellent article! Well presented and certainly well written!

  7. Great Entry! Keep writing those articles for us to read!

  8. Really a worrying factor.An informative article.Thanks for sharing

  9. nicely done!

  10. Thanks for sharing these points, friend. You’ve raised the level of awareness. :)

  11. Excellent post, and I agree with, gift.

  12. these are all very real threat to our children. thanks for bringing these to our attention.

  13. A must read article for parents. Well done.

  14. I think the main concern for children are obesity and internet addiction. :-)

  15. Very useful information, thanks for sharing.

  16. very good list and thanks for calling our awareness about this issue.

  17. brilliant article/ children should be taken well care

  18. very well done, Anuradha, these are very helpful information.
    :)

  19. If you sit down and think about all these problems it makes you wonder why we bring children into the world. All you can do is the best you can for them. A very thought provoking and well written article.

    Christine

  20. A very inspiring top ten list. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Very fine article,thnx

  22. Thank you for sharing this useful information.

  23. a very good entry

  24. @Christine Ramsay, Very true. It made me think the same way you thought.

  25. I worry about the obese kids I see everywhere. What are the parents thinking?

  26. As it is related to my blog i add this to my blog.
    http://www.children-ourchildren.blogspot.com

  27. Good entry

  28. we should aware from this today’s problems regarding children..good work

  29. Really great share! With today’s world keepng on top of a better healthier lifestyle is a must.

  30. These are some eye opener for parents. A good share friend.

  31. very true listing you have there!

  32. This was a very interesting and informative article. It is really alarming that there are so many concerns facing children now. I wasn’t surprised that obesity is on the list, but I didn’t realize that the Internet would be on the list.

  33. I completely agree. This is truly a very interesting and informative article. It is an eye-opener for all responsible grown-ups to look out for these top 10 pointers. I really enjoyed reading through these and would like to thank you, anuradha for posting in and sharing. i love it all. :)

  34. Great shout for the kids cheers.

  35. I like your article. If I have a link to a friend who has an obese kid.

  36. For parents it always a hard time.

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