Food Insecurity and Health Care
The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity has direct and indirect impacts on both physical and mental well-being for people of all ages.
Food insecurity can lead to:
- A higher risk for diet related diseases
- Higher levels of stress, which can result in an increased risk of chronic disease
- Difficulty managing chronic diseases
- The need to make difficult trade-offs such as buying food or medicine