Public release date: 28-Apr-2012
Contact: Debbie Jacobson
American Academy of Pediatrics
Fear of not having enough food may lead to obesity
Mothers with 'food insecurity' more likely to engage in feeding practices associated with childhood weight gain
BOSTON – While eating too much food can cause obesity, the fear of not having enough food may lead to the same result, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 28, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston.
Being worried about not having enough food to feed one's family, a situation called food insecurity, is common in low-income families. These families often are overweight, too.