Food Security and Child Malnutrition
The Impact on Health, Growth, and Well-Being

Editor: Areej Hassan, MD, MPH

Food Security and Child Malnutrition

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: January 2017
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771884938
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-315-36574-9
Pages: 292pp w/ Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 23 color and 6 b/w illustrations

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Food security and child malnutrition are at the forefront of our attention, both nationally and internationally. The chapters contained in this compendium include a range of methodologies—literature review, cross-sectional study, longitudinal study, case-control, and even a focus group!—all of which examine this urgent issue, revealing new perspectives and facets of information. The international roster of contributors presents a nuanced look at food security and child malnutrition with research into food security measures in many nations around the world.

The Children’s HealthWatch has been a leader in the work being done in this area, and some of their work is included here.

The book is broken into several parts, covering
  • defining food security
  • food security, nutrition, and growth and development
  • food security and mental and physical health
  • food security and child obesity
  • conclusion, with an informative study from the Children's Healthwatch on household hardships, public programs, and their associations with the health and development of very young children
The range of topics and information presented here will be valuable for those involved with food security advocacy, policymakers, researchers, social service professionals working children and families, and others.


1. The Food Security Continuum: A Novel Tool for Understanding Food Insecurity as a Range of Experiences
Sheryl L. Hendriks
2. USDA Definition of Food Security in the U.S.
United States Department of Agriculture

3. Household Food (In)Security and Nutritional Status of Urban Poor Children Aged 6 to 23 Months in Kenya
Maurice Mutisya, Ngianga-bakwin Kandala, Moses Waithanji Ngware, and Caroline W. Kabiru
4. Household Food Access and Child Malnutrition: Results from the Eight-Country MAL-ED Study
Stephanie Psaki, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Tahmeed Ahmed, Shamsir Ahmed, Pascal Bessong, Munirul Islam, Sushil John, Margaret Kosek, Aldo Lima, Cebisa Nesamvuni, Prakash Shrestha, Erling Svensen, Monica McGrath, Stephanie Richard, Jessica Seidman, Laura Caulfield, Mark Miller, and William Checkley
5. Food Insecurity and Linear Growth of Adolescents in Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia
Tefera Belachew, David Lindstrom, Craig Hadley, Abebe Gebremariam, Wondwosen Kasahun, and Patrick Kolsteren
6. Factors Associated with Stunting Among Children According to the Level of Food Insecurity in the Household: A Cross-Sectional Study in a Rural Community of Southeastern Kenya
Chisa Shinsugi, Masaki Matsumura, Mohamed Karama, Junichi Tanaka, Mwatasa Changoma, and Satoshi Kaneko

7. Beyond Nutrition: Hunger and Its Impact on the Health of Young Canadians
William Pickett, Valerie Michaelson, and Colleen Davison
8. Food Insecurity and Children’s Mental Health: A Prospective Birth Cohort Study
Maria Melchior, Jean-François Chastang, Bruno Falissard, Cédric Galéra, Richard E. Tremblay, Sylvana M. Côté, and Michel Boivin

9. Household Food Insecurity and Childhood Overweight in Jamaica and Québec: A Gender-Based Analysis
Lise Dubois, Damion Francis, Daniel Burnier, Fabiola Tatone-Tokuda, Manon Girard, Georgiana Gordon-Strachan, Kristin Fox, and Rainford Wilks
10. Community Perspectives on Food Insecurity and Obesity: Focus Groups with Caregivers of Métis and Off-Reserve First Nations Children
Jasmin Bhawra, Martin J. Cooke, Rhona Hanning, Piotr Wilk, and Shelley L. H. Gonneville

11. Household Hardships, Public Programs, and Their Associations with the Health and Development of Very Young Children: Insights from Children’s HealthWatch
Katherine M. Joyce, Amanda Breen, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, John T. Cook, Kathleen W. Barrett, Grace Paik, Natasha Rishi, Bianca Pullen, Ashley Schiffmiller, and Deborah A. Frank

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Areej Hassan, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Attending Physician, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Areej Hassan, MD, MPH, is an attending in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Brown University before her fellowship at BCH. In addition to primary care, Dr.Hassan focuses her clinical interests on reproductive endocrinology and global health. She also maintains an active role in medical education and has particular interest in building and developing innovative teaching tools through open educational resources. She currently teaches, consults, and is involved in pediatric and adolescent curricula development at multiple sites abroad in Central America and Southeast Asia.

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