The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In 2017, 40 million Americans had difficulty affording a balanced meal or were forced to skip meals due to lack of financial resources.
In children, food insecurity is related to chronic health problems including anemia and diabetes, as well as emotional, behavioral and academic problems across age groups, according to the Journal for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics.
In adults, food insecurity contributes to higher rates of disease, including hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, diabetes and kidney disease.
For people of all ages, the more meals they miss, the more hunger impacts the mind and body.
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