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Hunger in young children of Mexican immigrant families

This article measures rates of hunger and food insecurity among young US-born Latino children with Mexican immigrant parents compared with a non-immigrant, non-Latino population.  A sample of 1,310 households with one parent born in Mexico was compared to a reference group of 1,805 non-Latino US-born participants.  Young Latino children had much higher rates of child hunger and […]

Energy Insecurity, Food Insecurity and Health Risks in Children under 3 Years Old

Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Pediatric Academic Societies

Household Food Insecurity and Risk for Children’s Developmental Problems

Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

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The Impact of Food Insecurity on the Development of Young Low-Income Black and Latino Children & Protecting the Health and Nutrition of Young Children of Color: The Impact of Nutrition Assistance and Income Support Programs

A pair of reports demonstrating the increased vulnerability of young black and Latino children from low-income households to developmental risk linked to food insecurity and the buffering effect that family support programs can have on young black and Latino children’s health and growth.

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 […]

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 […]

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The Real Cost of a Healthy Diet: Healthful Foods Are Out of Reach for Low-Income Families in Boston, Massachusetts (2005)

A report from a research team from the Boston Medical Center Department of Pediatrics revealing that, on average, the monthly cost of the Thrifty Food Plan (upon which Food Stamp Program benefits are based) is $27 more than the maximum monthly food stamp benefit allowance. A low-cost healthier diet based on the most recent nutrition guidelines exceeded the maximum monthly food stamp benefit by $148 — an annual differential of $1,776. This is an unrealistic budgetary stretch for most families who qualify for nutrition assistance.

Subsidized Housing and Children’s Nutritional Status: Data from a Multisite Surveillance Study

This article examines the relationship between receiving housing subsidies and nutritional health status among young children in low-income families, especially those that are food insecure.  In a sample of 11,723 low-income renter families; children of the food-insecure families not receiving housing subsidies had lower weight for age compared with children of food insecure families receiving housing […]

Child Food Insecurity Increases the Risk of Household Food Insecurity to Child Health

Presentation at the annual Conference of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Increases in Food Insecurity and Hospitalizations from 1999-2002 among Families with Children <3 years old

Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.