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03 August 2010

More health woes for hungry kids

Children and youth who experience hunger appear more likely to have health problems, and repeated episodes of hunger may be particularly toxic.

Children and youth who experience hunger appear more likely to have health problems, and repeated episodes of hunger may be particularly toxic, according to a report in Archives of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Overall, more than one in 10 children (13.5%) and one in four youth (28.6%) reported poor health in the final round of the survey. Rates of poor health were higher among those who were hungry at any time than among those who had never experienced hunger (32.9% vs. 12.8% for children and 47.3% vs. 27.9% for youth). The association between hunger and poor health among children persisted after adjustment for baseline health and for other household markers of disadvantage, including low income and lack of home ownership.

 
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