Teensavers has received a new study out today reveals that parents now consider drug use as a
critical health concern for children.   In the 5th annual survey of the
top 10 health concerns for kids showed drug use and obesity tied as the
top concerns.

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The
poll was conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital.  Most of the top 10 health concerns pertain to long-recognized
risky behaviors for youth: drug, alcohol and tobacco use, as well as
teen pregnancy. The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in
2011 and the percentage of adults who rate each item as a “big problem”
include:

  • 1. Childhood obesity, 33%
  • 2. Drug abuse, 33%
  • 3. Smoking and tobacco use, 25%
  • 4. Teen pregnancy, 24%
  • 5. Bullying, 24%
  • 6. Internet safety, 23%
  • 7. Stress, 22%
  • 8. Alcohol abuse, 20%
  • 9. Driving accidents, 20%
  • 10. Sexting, 20%

“The
perception of drug abuse as a big problem matches recent national data
showing increasing use of marijuana and other drugs by US teens,” says
Matthew Davis, M.D., director of the National Poll on Children’s Health
and associate professor in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit
at the U-M Medical School. “Meanwhile, although obesity remains atop
the list of child health concerns for the fourth straight year, the
level of public concern has declined over the last few years in our
poll,” Davis says. “This may be a warning to public health officials,
because it indicates how the public is hearing national messages that
previous increases in children’s obesity rates have recently leveled
off.”

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