Parents See Bullying as Main Trouble

The National Poll on Children’s Health recently reported that parents across the country now rank childhood obesity as their number one health concern for kids. “We found that parents with overweight or obese children actually view bullying as a greater problem than childhood obesity,” says Matthew M. Davis, director of the National Poll on Children’s Health.

While parents are having discussions with their children about limiting junk food, time spent watching TV and playing computer games, the National Poll on Children’s Health report reveals that only about two-thirds of parents with overweight or obese children actually enforce such limits. 30 percent of parents with overweight or obese children do not set such limits.

The National Poll on Children’s Health also finds that parents of overweight or obese children were more likely to rate neighbourhood safety and lack of opportunities for physical activity as top health concerns for kids. 39 percent of families polled include one or more overweight or obese child who is between the ages of six and 13. 52 percent of families with obese children and 49 percent of families with overweight children include an obese parent. Only 26 percent of families with all healthy weight children report having an obese parent.

The poll shows that children who are obese or overweight are almost twice as likely to have an obese parent than healthy weight children. “In many families, obesity is a two-generation phenomenon among parents and their children. This trend could be the result of genetics or behaviours such as eating habits and physical activity,” says Davis.

For its report, the National Poll on Children’s Health used data from a national online survey conducted in April 2008. The survey was administered to a random sample of 2,064 adults, ages 18 and older. About three-fourths of the samples were households with children.

MEDICA.de; Source: University of Michigan Health System