Evaluation of Income and Food Insecurity as Risk Factors for Failure to Thrive: An Analysis of National Survey Data.
Limited data exist regarding the relationship between socioeconomic risk factors and failure to thrive (FTT). Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from years 1999 to 2014, we sought to determine whether there was a higher prevalence of underweight ([WFA], weight-for-length [WFL], or body mass index-for-age [BFA]), and, therefore, likely a higher risk of FTT, in US childrenchildren, there were no significant differences in the prevalence of underweight by adjusted household income quintile, food security, household Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) status, or federal poverty income ratio. These findings do not support a link between low income or food security and underweight in children and, therefore, do not provide support for an association between low income or food security and FTT.
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Edwards, B., Schaefer, E. W., Murray-Kolb, L. E., & Daymont, C. (2023). Evaluation of Income and Food Insecurity as Risk Factors for Failure to Thrive: An Analysis of National Survey Data. Clinical pediatrics, 99228221150705. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/00099228221150705
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Fellows and Residents, Fellows and Residents