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American Dietetic Association Calls For Programs To Reduce “Food Insecurity”

September 1, 2010: 03:03 PM EST
In a newly published position paper, the American Dietetic Association urges greater funding for food and nutrition assistance programs, increased nutrition education and efforts to promote economic self-sufficiency for households and individuals. Calling access to food "a basic human need and fundamental right," the paper defines food insecurity as "limited or intermittent access to nutritionally adequate, safe and acceptable foods accessed in socially acceptable ways." According to the ADA, more than 49 million people living in the U.S. experienced food insecurity in 2008, while 17.3 million people, including 1.1 million children, had "very low food security." The USDA defines very low food security as "multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake." Food insecurity is linked to lower academic achievement, poor health and chronic disease.
David H. Holben, "Food Insecurity in the United States", Position paper, American Dietetic Association, September 01, 2010, © ADA
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