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Child hunger is a prescription for depression in late adolescence and early adulthood
  1. Mariana Chilton
  1. Department of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Mariana Chilton, Department of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health, 1505 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA: mmc33{at}drexel.edu

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Context

In cross-sectional studies, food insecurity is associated with poor mental health, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation among adolescents and adults with children. Much less is known, however, about the long-term effects of food insecurity, and even less is known about the pathways through which the association between food insecurity and depression occur.

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The present study utilised data from the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), from 1995 to 2009. Using a single yes/no question that asked “Has [the child]/have you ever experienced being hungry because the family has run out of food or money to buy food?,” the authors …

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