Findings from two studies published recently in Pediatrics emphasized the negative impact that food insecurity has on child health and the role that policies and recommendations play in mitigating this impact.
One study showed that children who are food insecure experience higher rates of several chronic health conditions, including asthma and depressive symptoms, and that federal programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help. The other demonstrated that among children aged younger than 4 years, food insecurity is associated with fair or poor developmental and health risk, supporting AAP recommendations for food insecurity screening and referrals for certain families.
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