Diet and social disadvantage: The 'Medical Home' improves nutrition in childhood and diminishes likelihood of disease in adult life

Robert J. Karp, Mark Shlomovich, Laura Bruno

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It is well appreciated that malnutrition in early life has an adverse impact on the overall health of adults. In this review, we address the impact of malnutrition, social disadvantages, and poverty on the lives of children. An integrated response to these difficulties associated in the lives of children, families and the communities in which they live - the "Medical Home" - is suggested as a means to promote health for all ages. The four types of malnutrition delineated by the World Health Organization are discussed, as are differences between "socioeconomic status" and "social gradient." The latter construct is more meaningful from a health care standpoint as differences within each of the socioeconomic groupings are greater than differences between them. Poverty affects food choices with a profound impact on nutritional status. This review suggests how providing a "Medical Home" can improve dietary habits, improve overall nutrition and prevent disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-150
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Disease
  • Medical home
  • Nutrition
  • Poverty
  • Social disadvantages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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