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08/20/2013 05:20 pm ET

Hispanics And Whites Worry About Childhood Obesity While Blacks Worry About Smoking

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Racial and ethnic communities in the United States prioritize health concerns differently and addressing those concerns in culturally-specific ways may be beneficial, new results from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health show.

While U.S. adults ranked childhood obesity overall as the top concern, that isn't telling the whole story. It was first among whites and among Hispanics but for black adults obesity in children ranked sixth. Black parents (40%) listed smoking as their top health concern. Drug abuse was 34 percent, school violence was 33 percent while sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy rounded out the top 5.

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