Which states have the most food insecurity?
More than one in four Americans say they can’t afford the basics — a new survey from the National Center for Health Statistics finds that more than half of Americans face food insecurity, and many of those in the top quartile of income do not even have access to healthy food options.
“Food insecurity is a persistent problem in our country,” said NCHS Senior Economist Jonathan Zittrain.
“It’s affecting every level of our lives, from low-income to middle-class to wealthy, and it has a direct impact on our health.”
While there are some positive steps that can be taken to improve access to nutritious food, there are still many hurdles to overcome before the number of Americans who are food insecure goes down, Zittrained said.
“It’s going to take some work,” he said.
“But I’m convinced that if we are going to tackle food insecurity in this country, we need to do it together.”
Food insecurity refers to people who can’t buy enough food for their family, but also lack the resources to do so.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in 10 Americans experience food insecurity every day.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, which works to support food security, reports that the U.A.E. has the highest prevalence of food insecurity among all regions.
According to NCHA’s survey, the U-shaped distribution of food access is indicative of a food system that relies on multiple layers of economic and social support to maintain a healthy diet.
“There is a strong correlation between access to affordable food and health,” Zittraining said.
Many people living in food insecure households have difficulty finding healthy options for healthy food, and those who do often have limited choices, which makes it difficult for them to buy healthy food and keep their families healthy.
The National Center on Nutrition and Obesity estimates that one in three U.K. adults lives in a food insecure household, and nearly one third of adults in the U.-shaped distribution live in the United States.
The NCHs food insecurity survey also found that many Americans are not getting enough nutrition at home, which may lead to an increased risk of chronic disease, obesity and other chronic conditions.
The NCH estimates that 30 million Americans suffer from chronic illness and obesity, and about two in three of these Americans are food-insecure.NCHS found that while the food insecurity index is high, it is still a relative measure of food security.
“The U-shape distribution of Americans’ food insecurity is more accurate for assessing overall food security,” Ziffrain said.
While more and more Americans are being exposed to the health effects of unhealthy diets, it may be difficult to overcome these problems if they are not addressed.
“I’m not suggesting that we stop doing the things that are making us unhealthy,” Zaffrin said.
Instead, we should be looking to better educate Americans about healthy eating and nutrition, and encourage them to engage with their food system to increase their health.
“The good news is that we are all in this together,” he added.
“We’re all part of the solution.”