PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism | Environmental Public Health | Food Processing | Human and Clinical Nutrition | Other Food Science | Public Health

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Food insecurity is a global issue and has caused struggles to millions of people, specifically in the United States. This environmental issue involves not having the resources to obtain adequate food supply. The economic and social influences that affect food insecurity leave vulnerable populations, such as low-income families and minority races, at a greater disadvantage. This issue causes serious health complications to arise too, the most common being diabetes. The increased risk of diabetes due to food insecurity has been studied on several occasions and the results all show the correlation, lack of food security increases the risk of diabetes. With 42 million Americans suffering from food insecurity, the need to address this public health issue is crucial. Although the formation of programs such as the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, and WIC have helped reduce the number of food-insecure Americans, there are still too many Americans obtaining serious health issues due to food insecurity.

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