Food insecurity (FI)—unreliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food—is a social and economic condition with direct and indirect consequences, including poor dietary intake, poor physical and mental health, hospitalizations, stress, reduced academic achievement, and fetal epigenetic changes.1-3 Food insecurity affects 16.6% of US households with children.4 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Diabetes Association have each recently highlighted the clinical relevance of FI through funding initiatives, screening recommendations for children, or treatment recommendations.
Barnidge E, Stenmark S, Seligman H. Clinic-to-Community Models to Address Food Insecurity. JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(6):507–508. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0067
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