Food Insecurity and Public Health (Hardback)
  • Food Insecurity and Public Health (Hardback)

Food Insecurity and Public Health (Hardback)

Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 20/05/2015
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Affecting more than 800 million people, food insecurity is a global problem that runs deeper than hunger and undernutrition. In addition to the obvious impact on physical well-being, food insecurity can result in risky coping strategies, increased expenditures on medical costs or transportation, and mental health issues. A review of the concepts and impacts of food insecurity through the lens of public health, Food Insecurity and Public Health details the complex issue of food insecurity and explores its reach beyond economics and agronomics.

The book guides you through the fundamentals, beginning with theory, and the challenges in measuring it, and moving on to the impact of food insecurity on health. The book details the implications of food insecurity on public health practice, including epidemiology and outcomes of diseases such as HIV, TB, and non-communicable diseases, and the specific impact on women's health. It closes with case studies from the Navajo Nation, Kenya, and Southern Africa, offering the opportunity to learn from real-life successes and challenges.

Each chapter also considers programs or interventions that have been used to attempt to address the issue, including a discussion of the US federal food stamps program. In truth, however, there continues to be a dearth of data on the ways in which programs can effectively address the problem of food insecurity at the household, community, or district level in either the short or long term-beyond, of course, the elimination of poverty, which is no doubt a root cause of the problem. The book gives you context for considering the links between food insecurity and health, and a framework for seeking integrated solutions to both problems.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781466599055
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm


"This well-organized, comprehensive, readable collection analyzes the reciprocal relationship between food insecurity and negative health outcomes. The volume covers both communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis and AIDS, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), e.g., diabetes and heart disease, in developed and developing countries. The first three essays do an excellent job of defining critical terms, establishing a theoretical framework for examining the bidirectional relationship between food insecurity and health, and identifying a system of metrics to quantify the various components of that relationship. The next four essays discuss the relationship of food insecurity to particular diseases, considering specific programs-food stamps in the US, programs for women, infants, and children-aimed at addressing these health issues. The final three chapters present case studies, one revealing the cost of hunger to education and productivity in Africa, another on a HIV treatment program in Kenya, and another revealing the rise of diabetes and other NCDs in the Navajo Nation as a result of the US government's longtime disruption of traditional Navaho foodways. The disproportionate burden of food insecurity on women is a consistent theme, as is the need to address public health and food insecurity through an integrated approach that takes into account historical, social, cultural, and economic factors as well as medical and nutritional concerns."
-D. M. Gilbert, Maine Maritime Academy (formerly), in CHOICE

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