Date of Award
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Food insecurity is the inability to acquire food required for a healthy lifestyle. Childhood food insecurity impacts 13.6% of American children, approximately 5.3 million children are living in food insecure households. Food insecurity is a major public health concern in the United States and must be eradicated in order to develop a healthy nation. This paper focuses on the manifestations of food insecurity in pediatric populations and possible interventions. Data was collected from peer reviewed articles that were obtained using EBSCOhost and Pubmed.gov. Research found food insecurity is associated with anemia, poor school performance, behavioral health disorders, stunting, wasting, obesity, hypertension, and poor oral health in children. These manifestations create a complex paradigm involving childhood food insecurity. Thus, interventions should focus on multifactorial causes of the manifestations of food insecurity, such as nutrient consumption and diet diversity.
Rowe, Kelsey S., "Manifestations of Food Insecurity in Pediatric Populations" (2021). PCOM Capstone Projects. 47.