Research shows that food insecurity can have serious health effects across the lifespan.
Children in food insecure households are more likely to have:
- Poor overall health
- Frequent stomachaches and headaches
- Psychosocial & behavior problems
- Worse developmental outcomes
- More chronic illness
- Higher levels of iron deficiency with anemia
Food insecure seniors are more likely to suffer from:
- Anxiety & depression
- Heart attack & congestive heart failure
What if instead of reaching for a prescription pad, health care professionals considered food insecurity as a cause of these symptoms? The cure could be as simple as connecting families with emergency food assistance and programs. These services can help provide nutritious foods that are needed to lead healthy and active lives.
The HungerCare Coalition is a program of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin that is committed to educating healthcare professionals on the signs of hunger and giving them the tools necessary to empower their patients to make nutritious food choices, leading to better long-term health.