Navigation Links
Food insecurity increases risk of weight gain and complications during pregnancy
Date:5/21/2010

URBANA A recent research study has shown that food insecurity, a person's inability to obtain adequate amounts of food due to resource constraints, can lead to greater weight gain and increased complications during a woman's pregnancy.

"Prior studies have shown that women living in food insecure households are more likely to experience health complications," said Craig Gundersen, a University of Illinois associate professor of agricultural and consumer economics and co-author of the study. "An area that hadn't been closely examined is the impact of food insecurity on pregnant women."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, 14.6 percent of households were food insecure at some time during 2008, up from 11.1 percent in 2007. This is the highest recorded prevalence rate of food insecurity since 1995, when the first national food security survey was conducted.

"In the United States, we are very concerned about issues related to food insecurity," Gundersen said. "We are of course concerned about people going hungry and not having enough to eat. We are also concerned about the negative health consequences associated with food insecurity."

For the study, a total of 810 low- and middle-income pregnant women were surveyed during January 2001 to June 2005. Women were surveyed at the beginning of their pregnancy and a follow-up survey was administered after the birth of their child.

"We looked at the effect of food insecurity on a variety of health factors related to pregnancy," Gundersen said. "We found that food insecurity is associated with a higher body mass index, greater weight gain during pregnancy, and a higher risk for the development of gestational diabetes. These health issues are a concern as they can lead to assorted negative medical conditions."

Gundersen said an important federal program is already in place to address food insecurity in the United States. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides assistance to low-income individuals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the number of Americans receiving food stamps reached 39.68 million in February 2010, the highest number since the program began in 1962.

"Food insecurity is a growing concern for many U.S. citizens," Gundersen said. "The expansion of the SNAP program could offer major health benefits for people struggling to afford nutritious foods during these difficult economic times."


'/>"/>

Contact: LeAnn Ormsby
lormsby@illinois.edu
217-244-4786
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Food insecurity can lead to greater weight gain and complications during pregnancy
2. Researchers find association between food insecurity and developmental risk in children
3. CO2 effects on plants increases global warming
4. Telephone counseling increases daily servings of fruit, vegetables, U-M study says
5. Anesthesia increases risk of developing Alzheimers disease in patients with genetic predisposition
6. LSUHSC research increases understanding of drug metabolism
7. Plant hormone increases cotton yields in drought conditions
8. Intentional variation increases result validity in mouse testing
9. Study links springtime ozone increases above western North America to emissions from abroad
10. Chloride increases response to pheromones and odors in mouse sensory neurons
11. Horizontal string trimmer reduces labor costs, increases peach size
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/2/2016)... YORK , Feb. 2, 2016 ... of the bioinformatic market by reviewing the recent ... enabled tools that drive the field forward. Includes ... to: Identify the challenges and opportunities that ... providers and software solution developers, as well as ...
(Date:2/2/2016)... Technology Enhancements Accelerate Growth of X-ray Imaging ... and computed radiography markets in Thailand ... Indonesia (TIM). It provides an in-depth analysis ... as regional market drivers and restraints. The study offers ... market attractiveness, both for digital and computed radiography. Market ...
(Date:2/2/2016)... Calif. , Feb. 2, 2016  Based ... market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes US-based Intelligent Retinal ... Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. ... in North America , is ... the rapidly growing diabetic retinopathy market. The IRIS ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that its new website has gone live. On Thursday, Feb. 4, ... Visit the new site: www.diplomat.is ... ... ... "The goal was to reimagine the website and create a smarter, ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... ... The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) will sponsor a Bite of Science ... 2016. This Bite of Science session, hosted by the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, ... in Front Royal, VA from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The dinner is for ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ATCC, the premier global biological materials resource ... and life science researchers that are working to address ... CDC website . --> CDC ... a single-stranded RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family, genus ... Chikungunya Viruses. Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... 5, 2016 On Thursday, February 11, ... for community, health and disaster services, and the ... to enhance care coordination and service delivery for the ... need and to better connect service providers to the ... San Diego has handled more than ...
Breaking Biology Technology: