Social Determinant of Health Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity

Over 2.7 million Canadian households experience food insecurity. Food insecurity is identified as the inability to have an adequate diet in terms of quality and quantity (i.e. low consumption of fruits and vegetables, milk products, vitamins). These inadequate diets are associated poor health factors including increased chances of chronic diseases (such as diabetes and high blood pressure), stress and feelings of uncertainty. Additionally, food insecurities can lead to malnutrition specifically among children, which can have a long term impact on physiological and psychological development of the child.