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Child food insecurity in the United States associated with children's health status

chen, xilin (2016) Child food insecurity in the United States associated with children's health status. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Child food insecurity is a growing public issue in the United States. In the past decade, research on the relation between food insecurity and children’s health in the United States has increased exponentially. The purpose of this essay is to summarize current studies and provide a comprehensive understanding of food insecurity situation among children in the United States. In summary, a positive association between mental health and food insecurity was consistently found, while evidence on physical health and food insecurity was not statistically significant among children. Food assistance programs were approved to have positive impacts on recipients. Besides, economic recession caused significant increases in food-insecure rate. Existing studies suffer from the shortage of experimental research, including the understanding of biological causality and confounders’ control. Also, the evaluation of food assistance programs between recipients and non-recipients is hard due to lack of experimental studies. This essay summarized relevant literature and proposed potential explanations for the association between food insecurity and adverse health outcomes.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
chen, xilin
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, Jamesjimmyp@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBodnar, Lisabodnar@edc.pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2 May 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 17:49
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:56


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