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Child-Specific Food Insecurity and Overweight Are Not Associated in a Sample of 10- to 15-Year-Old Low-Income Youth

A study of low-income children in three cities has found that “food insecurity” is not strongly associated with being overweight.

Scholars at the Ames, Iowa-based Iowa State University examined data from a 1999 John Hopkins University study of 1,031 children in low-income households in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio to identify problems related to “food security,” defined as whether or not a child has enough food for an active, healthy life.

More than half the children in the study were found to be overweight or at risk of being overweight, but only 8 percent of the total group were found to be having “food security” problems. Of that 8 percent, about a quarter were also overweight or at risk of being overweight.

Vol. 27, Issue 21, Page 5

Published in Print: January 30, 2008, as Child Nutrition and Health
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