LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Going to bed hungry is a reality for children around the world, and Little Rock is no exception.
Doctor Patrick Casey is a pediatrician at Arkansas Children's Hospital and a clinical researcher who helped compile this report.
"There are real effects on children that can affect them for a lifetime...negative effects on their health, on their developmental progress, on their cognitive development and in their school achievement and behavior," said Dr. Casey.
Not just in Little Rock, but other cities like Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Baltimore have seen the numbers of malnourished kids double in the last two years.
Doctors believe it's because of the recession.
"We've been doing this survey since 1998, and it was the first time it spiked like that," Dr. Casey said.