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Deseret News article describes how more families are struggling to feed their children

August 8, 2011

A front page news story in the Deseret News describes how more families are struggling to feed their families, especially since the beginning of the recession.

The article features the research of Children's HealthWatch and Dr. Mariana Chilton at Drexel University that describes the impacts of food insecurity on maternal and mental health, as well as child health and development.

This front page story in the Deseret News highlights the recent challenges of families struggling to feed their families.  With food insecurity rates increasing by forty percent since 2007, the story describes the tolls this takes on parents and children.

Dr. Mariana Chilton is a featured contributor to the article, which cites research studies by Children's HealthWatch and Drexel University about the impact of household food insecurity, skipped meals, and maternal depression on parents and children.  Dr. Chilton reports that "depressed moms show less affection, read fewer stories, and are less likely to play with their children,"  and that "children pick up feelings of anger, anxiety and depression from parents who are stressed about food."

The article also refers to a recent report by the Urban Institute, which projects that the spending on child nutrition programs over the next ten years will fall as the cost of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security rise.  As Dr. Chilton states in the article, "'Our hunger rates were extraordinarily high before the recession. The recession has made things far worse — but this could have been avoided if people were paying attention to hunger before the recession.  If we return to the rates we had before the recession, there is nothing to celebrate.'"



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