Children’s health and our future as a nation

In a presidential year when candidates are articulating policy positions on a range of pressing issues affecting voters, our children and their role as the future of our nation is easily overlooked. Advances in medicine and public health have greatly reduced illness and death over the last century. Still, the world continues to change and we have a new generation of child health challenges such as depression, obesity and asthma affecting children, raising the question: are today’s kids healthier?

The dominant perception among adults surveyed nationwide for the C.S. Mott Children’s HospitalNational Poll on Children’s Health is children’s health is worse off today compared to past generations. Not only do adults (42%) believe children’s physical health is worse off compared to when they were kids, but the majority (55%) believes children’s behavioral health is also worse. Drivers of this perception include:

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