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Wired Magazine: How Cuts to Food Stamps Threaten Children’s Health

June 4, 2013
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June 4, 2013

Dr. Mariana Chilton was interviewed by Wired Magazine for an article about how children's health is impacted by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or formally food stamps).

"As Congress considers whether to shrink programs that help poor people buy food, some public health experts say the short- and long-term health of perhaps tens of thousands of children could be jeopardized.

These researchers point to dozens of studies on families who have trouble putting food on their tables. Again and again, the studies show that food insecurity leaves children vulnerable to illness and slows their cognitive development. On the issue of food assistance, policy runs straight into biology.

“They’re cutting the programs that help kids stay healthy,” said public health nutritionist Mariana Chilton of Drexel University. “We’re going to see the consequences of this for a generation if we don’t help our kids.”'

 

To read the full article click here.

 

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