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Scientific Research on Hunger, Food Insecurity and Obesity

posted on Sun, Jul 1 2012 12:00 am by Northern Region

A public health official from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recently contacted the Network requesting general resources and scientific research on the relationship between hunger and food insecurity and obesity, as well as resources specifically related to hunger in seniors. The Network responded with an array of relevant resources including:

  • A report recently released by the Institute of Medicine entitled Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation;
  • The United State Department of Agriculture’s Food Desert Study, which was required by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill and explores the connection between limited access to healthy foods, easy access to unhealthy foods and poor diet and health outcomes;
  • The programmatic information available on the USDA website;
  • A few programs particularly relevant to seniors, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program; and
  • Several analyses of state laws addressing obesity, specifically the National Conference of State Legislature’s most recent summary of state legal initiatives to address obesity and an ongoing analysis of the effectiveness of state laws to prevent and reduce obesity.


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