Food Insecurity and Chronic Disease


Barbara Laraia


child development, chronic disease, diet, food insecurity, life course perspective, pregnancy, weight gain


Advances in Nutrition

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Policy Summary

This paper reviews studies to date that represent a growing literature on the association between household food insecurity and diet, weight gain, and the development of chronic disease. The review and framework presented suggest that the lived experience of food insecurity during critical periods of child development and pregnancy may result in the development of chronic disease. The paper also identifies a research gap for further study regarding longitudinal data, and intensity, duration and level of food insecurity using a life course perspective.

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