Rising grocery prices compromise children’s development

With the pandemic and the rise in inflation, one in five Quebec adults and one in ten families live in a food insecure household according to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), an increase of 9% since 2020.

It is with this in mind that the Observatoire des tout-petits (OTP) and the Olo Foundation sounded the alarm on Monday, given that children who suffer from food insecurity are more at risk of presenting, among other things, delays with respect to their cognitive, motor and neurophysiological development.

“The rise in food prices compromises the possibility for the child to acquire healthy eating habits early in life: having to deprive himself of certain more nutritious foods, the parent’s fear of wasting food, less exposure to new foods, increased mental load of parents”, can we read in the joint press release of the two organizations.

They are also asking the provincial government for financial support for economically disadvantaged families and better access to affordable housing for families. Already before the pandemic in 2016, 13.6% of families with at least one child aged 0 to 5 lived in unaffordable housing.

“By acting on the living conditions of families, it is possible to act collectively to reduce food insecurity and allow toddlers to develop to their full potential,” they added in the publication.

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