Survey finds poor diet, lack of exercise are greatest health risks to California children The Sacramento Bee
April 4, 2012
Unhealthy eating habits and a lack of physical activity are the
biggest health risks facing children today, according to a new
survey of California voters.
Nearly half of voters responding to a Field Poll, 48 percent,
said bad eating habits and the lack of exercise are the biggest
threats to children’s health and a large majority, 73 percent,
believe it is the community’s responsibility to do something
“What’s surprising is the breadth of support that these (issues)
are the most important to children’s health and the consensus
that it’s up to the community – not just the parents – to be
involved,” said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. He attributed
the increase to the growth of awareness of childhood obesity and
its related health risks. In a 2003 Field Poll, 35 percent of
voters said eating habits and exercise were the top threats to
In the new survey, voters from all political parties,
demographics and regions agreed that a poor diet and exercise are
the biggest health risks facing California’s children.
Illegal drug use, at 22 percent, is the next most frequently
mentioned health risk, according to the survey. The findings are
from the yearly Field-TCE Childhood Obesity Prevention Survey
conducted on behalf of the California Endowment.