CNS Communiqué

FOOD INSECURITY IS A SOCIAL DETERMINANT OF HEALTH

Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life.  Hunger and health are deeply connected.  In the United States, one in eight people struggle with hunger.

study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that people who are food insecure are disproportionally affected by diet-sensitive chronic diseases, e.g., hypertension, coronary heart disease, hepatitis, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease.  According to another study, family members in food-insecure households are more likely to struggle with psychological and behavioral health issues.  Science investigations also show that, for young children, there is clinical importance including a link between food insecurity and delayed development, chronic illnesses (e.g., asthma, anemia) and behavioral problems (i.e., hyperactivity, anxiety and aggression in school-age children).