The Problem Of Food Insecurity Essay

1898 Words Mar 29th, 2015 8 Pages
Food insecurity is a major issue in Canada’s Northern Aboriginal communities. There is evidence that many health problems experienced by Aboriginal peoples are related to food insecurity such as diabetes, dental carries, obesity and cardiovascular disease (Willows, 2005). The issue of food insecurity is important to nursing because nurses work directly with the patients who have these health problems. It is critical that nurses are aware of the implications of food insecurity and different ways in which they can advocate for their patients who face this issue. Having access to nutritious food is required for people to make healthy choices but it is often not available, especially to families in the remote regions of northern Canada (Willows, 2005).
Situating the Issue
Food security exists when all people, at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (Fieldhouse & Thompson, 2012). Food insecurity however, is a result of inadequate or uncertain access to healthy food in terms of quality or quantity and is associated with limited financial resources (Fieldhouse & Thompson, 2012). Food insecurity also exists when the ability to acquire nutritious food in socially acceptable ways is limited and includes the fear of not being able to provide or obtain food (Willows, Hanley, & Delormier, 2012). Food insecurity is an important public health issue in Canada…

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