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Food-Insecurity Contributes to Obesity Among Colorado Children and Pregnant Women pdf file   

   

Introduction

 

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) measure of hunger is "food-insecurity" which is defined as lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs due to lack of financial resources.

Studies have shown that food-insecure children are at higher risk of stunted early development, physical health problems, and behavioral challenges.

  Map of prevalence of food-insecurity in children by Health Statistics Region.

 Prevalence of Food Insecurity Map

Research also demonstrates that food-insecurity can lead to weight gain, as the least expensive food options are typically high in calories and low in nutrients. Additionally, households with limited resources tend to spend less on healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Food-insecurity can also lead to greater weight gain and complications for women during pregnancy. These complications include developing physical health problems such as gestational diabetes, and mental health complications such as anxiety and depression.

 

The purpose of this report is to estimate the prevalence of food-insecurity among Colorado’s children and pregnant women and to explore its implications. Additionally, the relationship between food-insecurity and obesity will be explored.   Read more...