The latest University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health (NPCH) finds that, while childhood obesity is the top concern for most adults, there are differences of opinion, based on race and ethnicity.
The poll, released yesterday (August 19), found that white and Hispanic respondents agreed that obesity was the foremost concern, but black respondents rated it just sixth, well below smoking and tobacco use, drug abuse, and other choices.
In a full story published to the University of Michigan Health System website, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the NPCH, is quoted in part as saying, “Medical and public health providers should be aware that different communities could have different priorities about what health problems are most important.” Later in the story, Dr. Davis spoke further in response to the poll's findings. “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."
The U-M Health System story contains a video that features Davis, the full list of the top 10 overall concerns – which include bullying and teen pregnancy – as well as links to numerous resources. Read the full NPCH poll and visit its website, which has even more detail about this and other reports and surveys.