Impacts of Food Insecurity on School-Aged Chinese Children

Gracyn Travitz / Adam Hege / Public Health / Appalachian State University / 1179 State Farm Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Purpose: This research aims to explore the influence of food insecurity on school-aged children in China. The numerous impacts of food insecurity coinciding with a Chinese child’s life will be discussed, and attention will be directed at populations with increased risk. Lastly, this research aims to offer unique perspectives on the present issues, make future suggestions, inform intervention/policy solutions, and discuss the impact and significance of disparities due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Methods:  An exhaustive systematic literature review of peer-reviewed articles is being conducted. Key words and phrases such as, “food insecurity” and “Chinese children” are being utilized in search engines, such as Google Scholar and JSTOR. 8,280,000 articles were identified initially, and then narrowed into key search terms to target specific aspects of the topic. This includes primary locations of food insecurity in China, aspects of children’s growth and development impacted by food insecurity, the prevalence of food insecurity in China, and specific vulnerable groups of school-aged children. 

Results: Currently final results are pending the literature review but will be available for the 2021 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Discussion: Based on preliminary results, published research shows the impact of food insecurity is significant on Chinese children and the country as a whole. Specifically, mental health and elementary students’ academic performance are negatively impacted by malnutrition. Left-behind-children (LBC), whose parents must migrate to work and leave children to support themselves, are an emerging group. To prevent the country from complete environmental degradation, China is relying on self-sufficiency efforts and increased imports. Lastly, in desperate attempts to supply adequate food, China is turning towards policy solutions. Without focused intervention and research efforts, China will continue in a downward spiral where children go hungry, mental health worsens, disparity is widened, trust will falter, and the environment is degraded.  


Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Gracyn Travitz

Institution: Appalachian State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Global Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5087