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Children's Health Negatively Impacted by Recession, Study Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- More than 15 million children are living in poverty, according to a new report released Monday by the PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

According to the report, which focuses on the effects of the recession on children's well-being, short-term periods of poverty can negatively affect the long-term health of a child.  Additionally, poor nutrition continues to contribute to the growing problem of childhood obesity, given the growing number of food insecure households in the U.S.

Pediatric hospitals have also reported increased cases of physical abuse.  Meanwhile, researchers are concerned that maltreatment of children "will spike as the recession comes to an end."

Authors of the study say they are hoping that federal, state and city governments establish adequate access to "safety net" programs to help combat the negative effect of the recession.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is expected to discuss the report in a congressional briefing Wednesday.

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