It is essential to improve our understanding of why a child may have too little to eat or, in some cases, too many calories. This issue is complicated by family income and it is necessary to understand how poverty may influence family diet. We are using data form a longitudinal study of mothers who received nutrition education during the first year of their child's life. These women have since participated in our study in which we collect data on their income and children's nutritional status for almost 10 years now. Several important research questions related to how well the children eat, level of food security, degree to which nutrition education influences later health, are being addressed. From this work, we will be able to provide better information as to which factors of a family, such as education or income, contribute more or less to the overall diet and health of a child. Therefore , possible changes in actions may include the use of different educational materials or approaches, different approaches to households with low food security, or the use of different questionnaires. Potential changes in conditions that may come from this work include a re-evaluation of food assistance policies for women and families in lowest levels of poverty, changes in educational programs for households with very low food security, and renewed emphasis on maternal-child nutrition education.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/12 → 9/30/17|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))