Parents worry more about their children being murdered than much more widespread health problems such as obesity, a survey suggests.
The findings, in a YouGov poll of 1,244 parents, contrast with data showing the risk of a child being killed by a stranger is a million to one.
The risk of severe health problems for children due to lack of exercise is one in three, figures have suggested.
The latest figures show walk-to-school rates have fallen to a new low of 48%.
The survey for charities Parentline Plus and Living Streets is being published as part of a campaign to get more children walking to school.
The point here is that parents should stop worrying about their kids walking to school because there’s really no chance they get killed by a psycho on the way. As if only a few extra minutes walking will make up for the real factors causing obesity, most important of those factors, the parents themselves.