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dc.contributor.authorSpain, Melissaeng
dc.contributor.authorGrigsby, Mary, 1952-eng
dc.contributor.corporatenameUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Office of Undergraduate Researcheng
dc.contributor.meetingnameUndergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum (2008 : University of Missouri--Columbia)eng
dc.date2008eng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.descriptionAbstract only availableeng
dc.description.abstractPediatric obesity is a pressing issue in the United States with recent studies estimating that 17.1% of children ages 2 to 19 years are overweight and an additional 16.5% are at risk of overweight. A landmark case study of a young child who experienced bouts of hunger and obesity simultaneously raised the question of whether food insecurity could cause or be associated with childhood obesity. Research that followed this case study has not been successful in reaching a consensus on direct relationship between childhood obesity and food insecurity. The goal of this study is to identify the core literature concerned with the social dimensions of this research question, find the variable dimensions, determine how these variations affect the outcome of each study, and identify areas for future research. To obtain the core literature, searches using the key words obesity, child, childhood, food insecurity, food insufficiency, and hunger were used in the online databases listed as follows: sociological abstracts, social service abstracts, PsycINFO, Academic Search Premiere, CQ Researcher, JSTOR, ERIC and googlescholar.com. In addition, the works cited of each article were examined to find other pertinent literature. Through these methods, twelve core articles were identified. The articles were then typologized based on key dimensions of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and location of the participants. The typologies identified trends in the literature of positive association between food insecurity and obesity in pre-schoolers, teenagers, and girls. Most current research is based on data derived from national longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. Future qualitative and quantitative research needs to include more attention to social interactions such as family dynamics and sociocultural practices. This research would allow physicians to understand challenges food insecure patients are facing and thus be better able to design programs to improve their health.eng
dc.description.sponsorshipMU Undergraduate Research Scholars Programeng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/2093eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Office of Undergraduate Researcheng
dc.relation.ispartof2008 Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Office of Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forumeng
dc.subjectchildhood obesityeng
dc.subjectfood insecurityeng
dc.titleThe relationship between childhood obesity and food insecurity: Variations and trends in core literature analyseseng
dc.typePresentationeng


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