Both food insecurity and being overweight are linked by numerous factors. Within the United States alone, there is an estimated 16 million children that are food insecure. Food insecurity means that a family or individual is faced with the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food or is unable to acquire acceptable food in socially acceptable ways.
Food insecurity and obesity can co-exist within the same individual, family, and/or community. This relationship seems counterintuitive, but a few studies have shown a link between the two. To help better explain this Hunger and Overweight Paradox check out the “Nourish to Flourish” diagram below found on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.