Study: Childhood poverty affects eating habits in adults

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new study finds that children who grow up impoverished may develop bad eating habits that last a lifetime.

About a third of New Mexico kids don’t have enough to eat.

That study finds that kids who grow up in poorer homes may have a tendency to eat more as adults, even when they’re not hungry.

Researchers at Texas Christian University say they took college students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and gave them the opportunity to eat snacks.

What they found is that people who grow up poorer seem to have a significantly harder time regulating their food intake.

They believe it may be a result of developing a habit of eating when you can.

New Mexico Voices for Children says while they haven’t seen data that proves that to be true in our state, they believe poor eating habits can result in obesity and even affect success rates in school among children and chances of getting a job later on.

The Albuquerque-based organization has been advocating on behalf of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to make food healthy food more readily available to New Mexicans.

“The data showing up nationally can make a difference in better educational outcomes in breaking that cycle of poverty, but it doesn’t come cheap. New Mexico is going to have to make some tough decisions to take a bold action to invest in its children early to break this vicious cycle,” said Veronica Garcia, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children.

New Mexico Voices for Children says they’ve been fighting against this year’s increased work requirements for food stamps.

People now have to prove they spend 80 hours a month in approved work activity to continue receiving monthly benefits.

Garcia also believes good health and early childhood education can make parents aware of the types of food they’re feeding their children.

To read the entire study, click here.

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