Research conducted by Children’s HealthWatch and reported on by Feeding America [Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation] finds strong ties to nutrition and overall health and well-being:
- Food-insecure children are 90% more likely to have their overall health reported as “fair/poor” rather than “excellent/good” than kids 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.