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Friday, October 23, 2020

FOOD INSECURITY

from JAMA

The number of American children who don’t get enough to eat has been well-documented. It is the reason many communities provide at least one meal a day for school children. A new study documents the problem of food insecurity in American adults. The report in JAMA shows nearly twenty percent of adults do not know whether they will have enough to eat from one day to the next. The numbers are worse for Hispanics, Blacks and women. The statistics go back to 2016 and authors say the Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly worsened the situation. Food insecurity, they say, is a public health crisis with a range of consequences, obesity is key among them, in a country where abundance is the norm.

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