Parents’ top concern for their kids: Lack of exercise

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found in a recent survey that parents’ top concern for their kids is lack of exercise.

Thirty-nine percent rated insufficient exercise at the top of the list.

From UPI:

“Childhood obesity was ranked second at 37 percent, followed by smoking and tobacco use at 34 percent, drug abuse at 33 percent, bullying at 29 percent, stress at 27 percent, alcohol abuse at 23 percent, teen pregnancy at 23 percent, Internet safety at 22 percent and child abuse and neglect at 20 percent.

“Childhood obesity remains a top concern, and adults know it is certainly linked to lack of exercise,” Dr. Matthew M. Davis, director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, said in a statement.”

“Hispanic adults were more likely to rate childhood obesity first at 44 percent, followed by not enough exercise at 38 percent, and also rated drug abuse higher than smoking and tobacco use. Black adults had higher levels of concern about smoking and tobacco use at 43 percent and they ranked racial inequality at seventh and gun-related injuries ninth.”

My children are not heavy but I absolutely worry that they don’t get enough exercise. It’s especially hard when it’s so hot out.  Rose was doing swim team all last year and Walsh joined her this summer. They are both doing swim team this fall and when they swim, Lilina and I swim as well. Swim team guarantees they are swimming at least two miles a week. We try to swim after school on their off days. Lilina is dying to get back to the playground but it’s still too hot.

Is lack of exercise a big concern for you? What is your top concern for your kids?

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August 22nd, 2012
5:31 pm

Parents’ top concerns: child abuse and neglect at 20 percent. That’s a lot of parents to be concerned about the potential for abuse and neglect. Where are they leaving their kids, or under what type of supervision, that this is such a high percentage?

mystery poster

August 23rd, 2012
8:13 am

My mother always said:
“A son is a son ’til he takes a wife, but a daughter’s a daughter all of her life.”