Thursday, April 13, 2017

Food Insecurity And Health

Consistent evidence demonstrates a higher risk of obesity among food-insecure women. There are a number of reasons why food-insecure people are vulnerable to obesity and poor nutrition, including:
  1. limited resources to obtain adequate or healthy food; 
  2. lack of access to healthy, affordable foods; 
  3. cycles of food deprivation and overeating; and 
  4. high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
In addition, food insecurity is also linked to many diet-related diseases, like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Some evidence shows that food insecure adults with diabetes are more likely to have poor glucose control, which could be because they don’t have enough money to use their medication as directed, so they skip doses, take less medicine, or delay filling or refilling of prescriptions. For the same reason they may postpone preventive or needed medical care or forgo the foods they need for diabetic diets.

Source: Food Research & Action Council, 4/6/17, Food Insecurity & Health

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