Children with insecurities about access to food show signs of low self-esteem and are less likely to make healthy choices for themselves, according to new Canadian research.

Noreen Willows, the study’s co-author and associate professor of community nutrition at the University of Alberta, said food insecurity affects roughly 12 per cent of Canadian households.

“But even more disheartening is that if a household has children in it, they’re even more likely to be food insecure,” Willows said.