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Child nutrition policies and recommendations
Journal of Social Work (2011)
  • Cindy Juby, University of Northern Iowa
  • Erika Elizabeth Meyer
Summary: Child malnutrition often invokes images of children with thin extremities and pot bellies. Rarely, do we relate malnutrition to obesity; however, in the United States, poor children are especially vulnerable to obesity related malnutrition. Policies that increase the cost of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables make it more difficult for poor families to purchase nutritious foods, thereby, increasing their risk of malnutrition. At the same time, cheaper foods tend to be more calorie-dense and to provide fewer nutrients.
Findings: This article discusses current policies that contribute to malnutrition and obesity in children from poor families and examines current changes within the political system regarding this topic.
Applications: Recommendations are provided for social workers whose clientele include children and families in poverty.
Publication Date
January 10, 2011
Citation Information
Cindy Juby and Erika Elizabeth Meyer. "Child nutrition policies and recommendations" Journal of Social Work Vol. 11 Iss. 4 (2011) p. 375 - 386
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