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Recent poll shows concern over child health

JACKSON, Miss.- A recent poll by the Children’s Hospital Association showed that younger millennials are more concerned about that health problems facing children today than older generations. 

Children’s hospitals have been reporting for a number of years that the health of America’s youth has been declining. So the Association decided to do a poll among people of all ages what their perception was.

The poll was national and across all generations asking,

“What do people think about kids health?”

President and CEO of the association Mark Wietecha said the results showed that overall that for emotional health 55% said their was an issue as for physical health 42% saw a decline.

Between generational gaps the numbers were farther apart with baby boomers or seniors and younger millennials. The elderly didn’t see there being a significant health issue in kids today compared to when they were young, however millennials did show concern for the state of kid health.

“Clearly our health has improved along the lines of, for example, heart defects, we have improvements there…where things have not improved are problem frontiers that probably would’ve been hard to have back then, for example obesity,” says Wietecha.

He says that each generation provides a new environment which brings about its own set of advantages and disadvantages in our health. Children today will struggle with health issues that may not have been a factor a generation ago.

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