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Parents not worried about obesity

18th May 2010

The results of a poll carried out by YouGov have found parents are more concerned about their children being murdered than the risk of obesity.

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The poll of 1,244 parents showed that this was a major concern among parents, although the danger of a child being murdered by a stranger is a million to one.

30% of parents said they worried about their child being kidnapped or killed by a stranger, while 30% were concerned that their child might be injured in a road accident.

However only one in 20 parents said they were worried about health problems later on in life such as obesity.

Figures showed that the number of children who walk to school has reached a record low. Less than half of children of primary school age (48%) walked to school in 2008.

The survey was performed on behalf of the charities Parentline Plus and Living Streets and will be released in a campaign to get more children walking to school.

The research also showed that many children were not doing the recommended amount of seven hours of exercise per week. 76% of girls and 68% of boys did not acheive the target amount.

The chief executive of Living Streets, Tony Armstrong, said: "It's certainly not wrong for parents to fear road accidents or abduction, but it is wrong that fear for children's health is put on the back burner, especially when the statistics show that there is more chance that their children will suffer long-term health problems from obesity."

 

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