Background. In Europe, there is not routinely collected data on children’s food insecurity. Indirect data show that food insecurity is on the rise in Europe, which may have a great impact on children’s health. Methods. Considering that, we systematically reviewed any evidence coming from European countries in the last 10 years that reported the prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among children, intending to serve as a starting point for policymakers and guidelines. Results. We report worrying prevalence rates of food insecurity among children from 9 studies. There is a lack of evidence regarding this issue in many EU countries, especially Eastern Europe. Hence, the need for increased attention towards food insecurity among children in European countries. Conclusions. Achieving food security means designing targeted policies and interventions, both at a national and EU level. Policymakers and governments should make the appropriate efforts to deliver food security as a public good.
- food insecurity/security, households, children, prevalence, Europe