Presidential candidates should address childhood obesity, bullying, poll says

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>> Dr. Matt Davis: Hi I'm Dr. Matt Davis.
I'm the Director of the CS Mont Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.
I'm here today at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on the University
of Michigan Campus in Ann Arbor Michigan and I'm here today to talk with you
about the latest results from the National Poll on Children's Health.
In 2012, a presidential election year, there's a lot of attention to what the candidates stand
for and why they want you to vote for them.
Rarely does this conversation include information about children's health,
or priorities for children's health policy.
In May 2012, we asked a group of over 2100 adults
across the country what they thought the top priority should be for children's health
that they want the presidential candidates to address.
The number one concern among American adults today that they want presidential candidates
to focus on is childhood obesity.
That's not such a big surprise since we know from a lot of media coverage
and many research results in the past that childhood obesity is a major problem in the US
and the public does want the government to focus on it.
The next concern is bullying.
Bullying in it's so many forms whether it's in the school yard,
or in the neighborhood, even cyber bullying online.
This is an issue that has really come to be much more present in our minds
over the last ten years or so, and is something that obviously adults would
like the presidential candidates to address in their campaign.
The third most commonly identified priority for presidential candidates is drug abuse.
Although fewer kids are using and abusing drugs today than a generation ago,
drug abuse is still a major problem that needs to be addressed
in the medical and public health worlds.
The public understands this and also understands how a drug habit in childhood
or adolescence can become a major health problem in adulthood.
And the fourth most common priority was child abuse and neglect.
This is an issue that local government, state governments
and the federal government all have to deal with.
The public wants the presidential candidates to address this major problem
that too often doesn't get the attention that it deserves from policy makers.
When it comes to these four problems, there were no differences by political party.
Republican, democrat, independent, moderate, whatever the political party affiliation
of the people who answered this survey, they agreed about these four choices.
There are also no differences by race, or ethnicity.
[Background music] So when it comes to the presidential candidates focusing
on these top priorities, childhood obesity, bullying, drug abuse and child abuse
and neglect, we have a consensus among US adults about how they
like to see the presidential candidates focus
and then act once they do become president in 2013.
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