Faculty Publications

Title

Child nutrition policies and recommendations

Document Type

Article

Keywords

children, malnutrition, obesity, policy, poverty

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Social Work

Volume

11

Issue

4

First Page

375

Last Page

386

Abstract

• Summary: Child malnutrition often invokes images of children with thin extremities and pot bellies. Rarely, do we relate malnutrition to obesity; however, in the United States, poor children are especially vulnerable to obesity related malnutrition. Policies that increase the cost of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables make it more difficult for poor families to purchase nutritious foods, thereby, increasing their risk of malnutrition. At the same time, cheaper foods tend to be more calorie-dense and to provide fewer nutrients.• Findings: This article discusses current policies that contribute to malnutrition and obesity in children from poor families and examines current changes within the political system regarding this topic.• Applications: Recommendations are provided for social workers whose clientele include children and families in poverty. © The Author(s) 2010.

Original Publication Date

10-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1177/1468017310379451

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