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Vol. 22 - Num. 87

Evidence based Pediatrics

The greater the child poverty, the worse physical and mental health

M.ª Jesús Esparza Olcinaa, Sergio Flores Villarb

aPediatra. CS Barcelona. Móstoles. Madrid. España.
bÁrea de Hospitalización Pediátrica. Hospital Universitario Fundación Mútua Terrassa. Barcelona. España.

Correspondence: MJ Esparza. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Esparza Olcina MJ, Flores Villar S. The greater the child poverty, the worse physical and mental health. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2020;22:323-5.

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Authors’ conclusions: the situation of chronic poverty in childhood affects 1 in 5 children in the United Kingdom. Exposure to poverty at an early age is related to a worse physical and mental health situation.

Reviewers’ conclusions: in a cohort of 10 652 children under the age of 14 recruited between 2000 and 2022 in the United Kingdom, called the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), those exposed to poverty showed a higher risk of mental health problems, obesity and chronic diseases.


Child health parameters Child mental health Child poverty Childhood obesity



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