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Child health concerns vary among different races, ethnicities
Date:8/19/2013

medicine at the U-M Medical School and associate professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

  1. Childhood obesity
  2. Drug abuse
  3. Smoking and tobacco use
  4. Bullying
  5. Stress
  6. Alcohol abuse
  7. Child abuse and neglect
  8. Teen pregnancy
  9. Internet safety
  10. Depression

"Messaging from medical professionals, through public health programs and in the popular media about the risks of childhood obesity is widespread. Recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that rates of obesity in early childhood may be decreasing for the first time in some states, which may be attributable to the high level of concern and responses from parents, families and communities," says Davis.

"Still, we know obesity among children remains substantially higher than it was in generations past. So this poll presents good news that much of the public recognizes the need to keep working hard on this problem." Davis says he hopes the results of this poll shine a light on how different communities prioritize the threats to children's health in their own communities.

"Not all groups see through the same lens. The differences we see based on race and ethnicity likely reflect street-level realities. To be successful, programs will likely need to respect and address community-specific health priorities for improving and safeguarding child health," he says.


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Contact: Mary Masson
mfmasson@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert

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