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Recession can negatively impact kids' health

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The recession has been tough on everyone, but new information released on Monday shows its effect on children.More than 15 million children currently live in poverty.

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said even short-term poverty can have a long-term impact on a child's health.

Their study found that in 2008, 21 percent of children live in households where food is "insecure". This is the highest rate since 1995.

The research also found that 43 percent of families with children said they don't have stable housing.

Experts encourage low-income families to safeguard their kids by enrolling them in "safety net" programs offered by the government, such as Medicaid.