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Household Food Insecurity During Childhood and Subsequent Health Status: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort.
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PMID:  22994255     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objectives. We examined long-term patterns of household food insecurity in children from kindergarten through eighth grade and the association between those patterns and children's proxy-reported health status in eighth grade. Methods. We obtained data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, a study that followed a nationally representative sample of students from kindergarten entry in 1998-1999 through eighth grade. We classified food insecurity according to the number of years of reported household food insecurity over 4 observation years. We estimated logistic regression models to estimate the association between cumulative food insecurity exposure and health outcomes. Results. Food insecurity was generally a transient rather than a persistent condition. Persistent food insecurity over the 9-year period was associated with lower health status in eighth grade, whereas more transient food insecurity was not significantly associated with health outcomes in most models. Conclusions. Single-year estimates substantially underestimate the share of children whose households experienced food insecurity at some point during their childhood years. Persistent food insecurity is an important public health issue for children. Policy interventions to alleviate children's persistent food insecurity may promote child health. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print September 20, 2012: e1-e6. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300971).
Jeong-Hee Ryu; Judith S Bartfeld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
At the time of this study, Jeong-Hee Ryu was with the School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Judith S. Bartfeld is with the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Department of Consumer Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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