Food Insecurity: What Role Does It Play in Obesity?
September 9, 2015•9 min
Throughout the years, the rates of obesity and food insecurity have drastically increased.Throughout the years, the rates of obesity and food insecurity have drastically increased.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent (12.7 million) children and adolescents between the ages of 2-19 are obese. Obesity is a very complex disorder that is more than just a cosmetic issue.Besides having excessive amounts of skin, you also increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and many other health issues.The USDA defines food insecurity as, "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year." What role does obesity play in food insecurity?Christopher Bolling, MD, shares everything you need to know about food insecurity and how it plays a role in obesity.