Food Insecurity Effects

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Due to food-insecurity, children around the world are suffering from malnourishment. Many children, unfortunately, come from low-income families, which turn to government-funded programs such as WIC. Food-insecurity impacted children mentally and physically. Food-insecurity can cause chronic diseases, obesity, and behavior problems.
WIC is a government-funded program for Women, Infants, and Children. There are five categories of low-income people. Three of them are for women, which are pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women. The other two categories are infants who are 0 to 12 months old, and Children who are 13 months to five years old. WIC purpose is to help improve their participant's health status.
Children who live in poverty or low-income households are at risk for chronic health conditions. These children are more likely to grow up with behavioral problems, anxiety, and obesity. They are
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Toddlers with iron deficiency are likely to have delays in socioemotional and neurophysiological development. The article Food insecurity and hunger: A review of the effects on children's health and behaviour asserts, " In addition, children in food-insecure households tend to have diets that are high in refined sugars and low in iron, which can have behavioural consequences including hyperkinesia, inattention and poor memory (8).", which suggest that food-insecure children are likely to consume foods that affect their behavior.
In the article Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options, defines food insecurity as, "a situation that exists whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain.” Having limited or no access to healthier foods, children are fed lower quality foods. Constantly consuming non-nutritious food can cause

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