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Hungry Kids

In National News on January 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Did you know that children of smokers are more likely to be underfed and undernourished? A study published in Arch Pediatric Adolescent Medicine states that households with at least one smoker spend 2 to 20 percent of their income on tobacco.

As a result, their children are more likely to experience food insecurity — the inability to access food in socially acceptable ways every day of the year. Severe food insecurity was reported for 3.2 percent of children in smoking households, compared to 0.9 percent of those living in households with no smokers.

The study concluded that children in smokers’ homes are more likely to be underfed and undernourished resulting in iron deficiency and behavioral and emotional problems.

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