Pre and post COVID19 pandemic household food insecurity and diet of urban children from Querétaro, Mexico

Amayrani Vanessa Ruiz Ulloa, María del Carmen Caamano, Hugo Melgar-Quinonez, Gerardo A Zavala, Miriam Aracely Anaya-Loyola, Olga P Garcia

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Abstract Objectives To evaluate the changes in Household Food Insecurity (HFI) and diet in children pre and post COVID-19 pandemic in a group of children living in an urban area in Querétaro, Mexico. Methods A total of 67 children (mean age = 11 years, range = 9–13 years) participated in this longitudinal study. HFI and diet were measured in-person, before the COVID-19 pandemic (December 2019) and by phone, after the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2021). HFI was assessed using the Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) while diet was assessed using a previously validated food frequency questionnaire. Differences in HFI and diet were tested using McNemar's and T-student tests, respectively. Results Half of the children that participated in the study were female. HFI increased from 44.8% in December 2019 to 56.7% in March 2021. 22.4% of households changed from food secure to food insecure. Moderate food insecurity post COVID19 pandemic increased compared to pre pandemic levels (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226
JournalCurr. Dev. Nutr.
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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