Top ten health concerns about today's kids
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Topping the list with 40% of respondents ranking it as a "big problem", is smoking. Teen drug abuse is a close second at 49%. The entire list is here.
Being a parent didn't seem to alter the perceptions of the respondents; those with children and those without ranked their concerns the same. Race and education did seem to make a difference, however. Black adults rated teen pregnancy as their top health concern, and adults with college degrees were more likely to rate childhood obesity as a top concern than those without degrees.
The concerns that didn't make the top ten list were: psychological stress, depression, eating disorders, suicide, autism, childhood cancer, and food contamination. Food contamination is moving up on my personal list.