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Are You Hungry? Pediatricians Add A New Question During Checkups

by | Oct 25, 2015 | News | 0 comments


A new policy urges the nation’s pediatricians to screen kids for food insecurity during regular well-child visits.

An estimated 7.9 million kids in the U.S. live in “food-insecure” households. This means there’s not always enough to eat at home.  But when these kids go to the doctor for a checkup, or a well-child visit, the signs of malnutrition are not always apparent. So pediatricians say it’s time to start asking about it. To get families talking, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that pediatricians screen all children for food insecurity by asking questions like, “Within the past 12 months, the food we bought didn’t last, and we didn’t have money to get more. Yes or No?”   Read more