Low Food Insecurity

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The Food Bank Council of Michigan states that in the United States nearly one in every seven people do not know where their next meal is coming from. Food security is known as having consistent access to food. The United States Department of Agriculture list different levels of food insecurity, which are known as: high food security, marginal food security, low food security, and very low food security. High food security shows that there are no problems in accessing food while marginal food security shows that once or twice there has been concern over food sufficiency. Low food security indicates that one still has access to food however, it is at low quality or variety and it may not be consistent. Very low food security means that on an…show more content…
Food insecurity is a terrible situation for anyone to be in. Just imagine children having to go through this as well, not knowing if they were going to have dinner or be able to eat over the weekend. While very low food insecurity is an issue that needs to be addressed, low food security needs to be addressed as well. When a person is not able to access healthy foods, quality foods, or even a variety of foods this is detrimental to one’s health as well. Having low food insecurity over a prolonged time can lead to permanent unhealthy eating patterns and health complications. While this has an effect on anyone that does not have food security, it has a profound effect on children who are still in their development ages. According to the United States Department of Agriculture 8.6 million children lived in households that are food insecure and 845,000 children lived in households that are very low food insecure. There should be further measures to locating the effect that food insecurity has on a child 's development. Locating the negative effects will bring attention to the matter to help stop this issue and bring the number of food insecure households down. (Greene,…show more content…
Young children, that are three or younger, are in their most important stages of development including cognitive, social, and emotional development. (Chilton et el, 2007) Not having adequate food in this stage of life can result in damage that can affect a child for their entire life span. Even the smallest episode of food insecurity can effect a child’s learning potential which can lead to psychological problems. (Chilton et el, 2007) By solving this issue with an integrative viewpoint of psychology will help end the development patterns that poorly developed when a child is living in a home that is food insecure. “Nutrition provides the building blocks for brain development. Thus, it has a strong influence on cognitive and fine and gross motor skill development, educational attainment, and psychosocial disorders.” (Chilton et el,
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