The Effects Of Food Insecurity And Obesity

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According to a USDA study, 14% of American households experienced some type of food insecurity in 2014 with 41.8 million Americans living in food-insecure households. (Feeding Am.) Obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. Many have attributed the condition to a combination of excessive eating and lack of exercise, but new studies are suggesting a different cause, food. Not food per say, but what is in it.
Food insecurity and obesity are rising trends among the nation’s youth, two issues that on surface level appear to be unrelated, are in fact two sides of the same coin. Our mental image of a child that suffers from hunger is that of a starving refugee in some far off country, when it could just as easily be the kid down the street.
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Government funded programs like Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative have addressed issues with staying active and picking healthier options, but studies are starting to show that just being active and eating healthy aren’t enough to “beat obesity.” Documentaries like “Fed Up” are addressing this issue, that “healthy” options offered by brands may be just as unhealthy, if not more than “regular” options. A study by Connecticut College looked at the addictive qualities of sugar, comparing its effects on rats in comparison to drugs like morphine and cocaine. The study revealed that sugar is as, if not more, addicting than drugs like cocaine. Researcher Jamie Honohan noted the significance of the findings, “Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability”

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