“Food as Medicine” Part One: Intro and Theory

Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop. This relationship suggests the need for comprehensive, cooperative health and hunger interventions.

Introduction

A number of studies have found strong correlations between food insecurity and increased health risks.[1] Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop.

This relationship suggests the need for comprehensive, cooperative health and hunger interventions. Anti-hunger programs and health service providers can enhance client/patient well-being by adopting a “food as medicine” mentality.

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