Food insecurity linked with low self-esteem in children: study

By Bev Betkowski ~ folio ~

Children in households with uncertain access to nutritious food are twice as likely to have low self-esteem and less likely to believe they can make healthy choices, new research shows.

Uncertain access to enough food can starve a child’s self-esteem and confidence in making healthy life choices, new research shows.

Children living in households with food insecurity have double the risk of low self-esteem compared with their peers living in homes that always have good access to nutritious food, according to a joint research study by the University of Alberta and Edith Cowan University in Australia.

“Food insecurity is a real concern, a big public health concern,” said community nutrition researcher and registered dietitian Rosanne Blanchet. “We’re seeing that food insecurity is affecting children’s mental health and that can have long-term consequences. It affects their life chances.”

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