The Problem-Kids not hungry
Research conducted by Kids Health Watch and reported on by Feeding America Children Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation] finds strong ties to nutrition and overall health and well-being:
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- Food-insecure children are 90% more likely to have their overall health reported as “fair/poor” rather than “excellent/good” than Child from food-secure homes.
- Food insecurity is linked to increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, headaches, stomachaches and even colds.
- When children eat breakfast, they tend to consume more nutrients and experience lower obesity rates.
- Hunger in childhood has been linked to significant health problems in adulthood.
Well-fed kids tend to be healthier overall:
- Healthier Overall: Food-insecure kids are 90% more likely to have their overall health reported as “fair/poor” rather than “excellent/good” than kids from food secure homes. [Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation]
- More Vitamins: Children who consume breakfast at school tend to have significantly higher daily intakes of energy and protein and are more likely to obtain two-thirds of the RDA for vitamins A, E, D, and B6, as well as other minerals, than children who did not eat school breakfast.
Well-fed kids tend to be sick less often:
- Fewer Hospitalizations: Food-insecure kids are 31% more likely to have been hospitalized since birth than children growing up in food-secure households. [Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation]
- Fewer Headaches, Stomachaches: Kids who don’t get enough to eat are “significantly more likely to have poorer health status and to experience more frequent stomachaches and headaches than food-sufficient children.” [National Institutes of Health (NIH)]
- Fewer Colds: Preschool children without enough to eat tend to have more frequent colds.
- Have Fewer Developmental Problems: Young children from food-insecure households are two-thirds more likely to be at risk of developmental problems than those from households with enough to eat. [National Institutes of Health (NIH)]
- Have Lower Obesity Rates: Girls from food-insecure households are significantly less likely to become overweight (68 percent) if they participate in federal nutrition programs like the school lunch and breakfast programs.