Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 17 March 2011

Posted on March 18, 2011. Filed under: Dietetics, Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 17 March 2011

“Researchers have long observed a relationship between food insecurity—difficulty providing food for all one’s family members, known as hunger in its most severe form—and obesity. The relationship is complicated. Food insecurity and obesity often coincide, occurring in the same communities, families, and individuals. But does food insecurity directly cause excess weight gain, or do these two problems occur together for other reasons? More information is needed to improve our understanding and move closer to eliminating food insecurity and obesity.

The IOM held a workshop November 16-18, 2010, to explore the relationship between food insecurity and obesity, the current state of the research, and the data and analyses needed to better understand their relationship. Participants explored the occurrence of food insecurity and obesity in a variety of groups, including children, immigrants, Native Americans, and rural populations, in addition to the U.S. population as a whole. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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