The nutritional problems of food insecurity and obesity co-exist among low-income children. As the reauthorization of SNAP approaches in 2012, it is time to consider the dietary intake of food insecure children and how the SNAP program can assist with improving the nutrition of low-income children, in addition to contributing to reducing the prevalence rates of childhood obesity among food insecure households with children.

Author Biography

Daphne Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, is Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Research Associate of the Population Research Institute at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Hernandez’s interests in dietary intake and health began as an undergraduate psychology major and a Division I varsity athlete at Princeton University. She later received doctoral training in developmental psychology from Boston College and postdoctoral training in poverty and public policy from the University of Michigan. Her research has focused on the determinants of food insecurity and how food insecurity influences development, along with determining how food assistance programs are related to program participation and family well-being. Her research has led to publications in social science and public health journals, such as the Journal of Family Issues and the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Hernandez’s research has previously been funded by several United States Department of Agriculture Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (USDA RIDGE). She is currently an Office of Research in Women’s Health K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) scholar.



A Response To:

Dietary Intakes of Children From Food Insecure Households by Jayna Dave and Karen W. Cullen.