Food Insecurity Works Through Depression, Parenting and Infant Feeding to Influence Overweight and Health in Toddlers

Research BriefJan 1 2007

Examines the direct and indirect associations between food insecurity and toddlers’ overweight, physical health, and length for age. Results found there were significant effects of food insecurity on parental depression and parental depression in turn influenced physical health. There were also significant effects of food insecurity on parenting practices, which in turn were significantly associated with infant feeding and subsequently toddlers’ overweight.