In the United States, 49 million people are food insecure, affecting 14.3% of households, particularly households with children. Somewhat paradoxically, individuals living with food insecurity and/or receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) are more likely to be obese, though this relationship is more significant in women than in men. In this talk, we will describe the connections between food insecurity, poverty, dietary quality and obesity. An overview of governmental food assistance programs will be given, with a focus on the effectiveness of recent reform efforts to promote healthy eating among adults and children in low-income communities.
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