Results of a survey released Monday found that Chicago adults consider drug abuse, obesity, and child abuse and neglect the biggest problems facing the city’s children.
Among those surveyed, 64 percent cited drug abuse as a problem, followed closely by the 62 percent who thought obesity was a big issue and 61 percent concerned about child abuse and neglect. Other concerns included stress, depression, smoking and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and parents’ health problems affecting children’s health.
Many of these public perceptions also match what we know from public health and from health care to be major challenges facing children,” said Matthew Davis, senior vice president and chief of community health transformation at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
The report was conducted by Lurie and the Chicago Department of Public Health. The 3,310 adults were surveyed from households across Chicago’s 77 community areas.