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Child Food Insecurity and Iron Deficiency Anemia in Low-Income Infants and Toddlers in the United States

Utilizing community-based data from the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP), this article investigates the association between child-level food insecurity and iron status in young children. In a sample of 626 children ≤ 36 months, food insecure children were significantly more likely to be iron deficient with anemia (IDA) compared to food secure children.  IDA is […]

Heat or Eat: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Nutritional and Health Risks Among Children Less Than 3 Years of Age

This article evaluates the association between family’s participation or nonparticipation in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the anthropometric status and health of their young children. In a sample of 7,074 caregivers, 16% of families received LIHEAP and although recipients had background characteristics suggesting higher medical and social risk, children in LIHEAP […]

Child Food Insecurity Increases Risks Posed by Household Food Insecurity to Young Children’s Health

This article investigates whether child food insecurity (CFI) increases household food insecurity (HFI) and its effects on the health of young child and whether the Food Stamp Program (FSP) modifies these effects.  In a sample of 17,158 caregivers of children <36 months, those with HFI had significantly greater adjusted odds of fair/poor health and being hospitalized […]