Friday, September 11, 2015
FOOD INSECURITY AFFECTS OUR HEALTH
A growing body of evidence indicates that food insecurity can increase the risk of bad health outcomes, complicate the ability to manage illness, and increase health care costs for individuals and payers. A new study that analyzed data from more than 67,000 Canadian adults found that health care costs were significantly higher for food-insecure people, even after adjusting for other socioeconomic and demographic variables. Households with low food security (those facing uncertain or limited access to a nutritious diet) incurred health care expenses that were 49% higher than those who were food secure. And health care costs were 121% higher for those with very low food security (people who missed meals or ate smaller meals because they couldn’t afford food). Higher costs were seen across a variety of health care services, including inpatient hospitalization, emergency room visits, and physician services.
Source: Urban Institute, 8/26/15, Cost of Food Insecurity