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Does food insecurity affect the quality of food?

The typical food-secure household spent 26 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition, including food purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (Source: USDA, 2012)

What does the term 'food insecurity' mean?

People who live in a household affected by food insecurity do not always know where they will find their next meal. By contrast, food security for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

How is poverty measured in the United States?

The current official poverty measure was developed in the early 1960s and only a few minor changes have been implemented since it was first adopted in 1965. The poverty threshold represents the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963 multiplied by three to allow for expenditures on other goods and services. It is updated annually based on the consumer price index to account for inflation. Family resources are defined as before-tax money income.

How are food insecurity and obesity related?

In North Carolina, two-thirds of all adults (65.7%) are overweight or obese. People in poor and low-income households are at risk for obesity because they have limited resources to purchase and often lack of access to healthy, affordable foods. They have fewer opportunities for physical activity, high levels of stress and limited access to health care. Food deprivation may lead to overeating once food becomes available which can also cause weight gain. Low-income youth and adults are exposed to disproportionately more marketing and advertising for obesity-promoting products.

Is obesity a problem among children in North Carolina?

Approximately one of every four children ages 2 to 5 years in the United States has a high (>85th percentile) body mass index and about one in 10 is obese (>95th percentile). North Carolina ranks 5th worst in the US for childhood obesity.

How many children live in low-income families?

In the United States 45 percent of children under 18 – 32.4 million – live in low-income families.

How much do families need to get by?

Current research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level just to afford basic expenses.

Who is considered poor in the United States?

The current federal poverty level is $23,550 a year for a family of four and $19,530 for a family of three.

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