Research Report Maternal Depression Associated with Less Healthy Dietary Behaviors in Young Children
Tracy Vericker
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Maternal depression threatens the well-being of millions of children in the United States and may increase the risk of child obesity. Poor eating habits may be the link between those two conditions. This research brief suggests that young children with mothers reporting depressive symptoms consume more unhealthy foods and beverages and fewer healthy foods and beverages than children with mothers who do not report depressive symptoms.
Research Areas Health and health care Families Children and youth
Tags Family and household data Social determinants of health Kids in context
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center