Pediatricians add a new question during checkups: Are you hungry?

Pediatricians add a new question during checkups: Are you hungry?

Friday, November 6, 2015

An estimated 7.9 million kids in the U.S. live in "food-insecure" households. This means there's not always enough to eat at home. But when these kids go to the doctor for a checkup, or a well-child visit, the signs of malnutrition are not always apparent. So pediatricians say it's time to start asking about it, as stated in a recent article on npr.org. To get families talking, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that pediatricians screen all children for food insecurity by asking questions like this: "Within the past 12 months, the food we bought didn't last, and we didn't have money to get more. Yes or No?" The new AAP policy statement, which is published in the journal Pediatrics, also recommends that pediatricians keep on hand a list of community resources, such as food banks. Gulf Coast Community Foundation continues to partner with our local food bank, All Faiths Food Bank, which provides nutritious food options to our local families that are food-insecure.