Food Insecurity and Risk for Obesity Among Children and Families: Is There a Relationship?
In the United States, nearly 15 percent of households are food insecure; they have limited or uncertain access to food. This research synthesis reviews studies that examine the relationship between food insecurity and obesity in the United States, particularly involving children and families. Because of the policy implications inherent in examining this issue, the authors also assess the role that nutrition assistance programs may play in the relationship between food insecurity and obesity in the United States.
A Research Synthesis by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, April, 2010.