Recent trends in food insecurity in the United States parallel population increases in obesity. Historically, food insecurity and obesity have been viewed as distinct public health issues. However, since the mid-1990s, there has been growing interest in understanding the seemingly paradoxical relationship between these two issues. In this paper, the authors summarize findings from research examining associations between poverty, food insecurity, and obesity in the United States and propose a conceptual framework to characterize the factors that may foster a cycle of mutual influence among obesity, food insecurity, and their shared mechanisms and health-related outcomes.
Published: December 2010
ID #: 1074
Journal: J Hunger Environ Nutr
Authors: Finney Rutten LJ, Yaroch AL, Colon-Ramos U, Johnson-Askew W, Story M
Resource Type: Journal Article
Evaluating the impact of state-level economic-support policies on the nutritional health of kids and familiesTo address ongoing concerns of child poverty across the United States, states have introduced and modified family economic security policies related to the state minimum wage (MW) and state earned income tax credit (EITC). While poor nutritional health disproportionately impacts children who experience poverty, few studies have examined the potentially beneficial effects of state-level MW More