Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, was featured in Civil Eats.

The Long Shadow of Childhood Hunger

We all know that hunger is a problem in America, but it can be difficult for many of us to fully grasp its effects, especially when it comes to children.

All of this obviously means increased healthcare costs, says Deborah Frank, Boston School of Medicine professor of pediatrics and director of Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic for Children and principal investigator of Children’s Health Watch. And, she says, “The younger the child, the more likely the family is to be food insecure.” That, she adds, is “really terrifying because the developing brain is particularly sensitive in the first thousand days of life.”

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