Food Insecurity Impacts Brain Development in Young Children

Food insecurity disproportionately affects young children. A household experiences food insecurity when any member of the household does not have access at all times to enough healthy food for an active, healthy life, according to Children’s HealthWatch which has published two briefs illustrating the impact of food insecurity on young children.

Too Hungry to Learn” describes how food insecurity can damage children’s health and brain development, having long-term harmful effects. Teens who experience food insecurity in infancy are more likely to have lower scores on achievement tests and to have repeated a grade.

Feeding Our Human Capital” shows how food insecurity in early childhood makes it harder to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workforce.