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Food Availability Linked With Poor Outcomes for HIV-Positive Children

February 11, 2013

Researchers at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital reported that HIV-infected children from homes where nutritious food was not always available (food insecurity) had a poorer outcome than those from homes where food was always secure. According to Dr. Jason Mendoza, assistant professor of pediatrics -- nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine and first author of the study, food insecurity causes families to eat less, skip meals, and redirect time and resources to obtaining food.

Participants in the study or their parents completed demographic and food insecurity questionnaires. The researchers reviewed participants' medical records to measure

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