Food security is an essential social determinant of health, among the top four as identified by the Canadian Medical Association earlier this year. Here are a few facts about nutrition and food security from the CMA study:
- It is estimated that about 1.1 million households in Canada experience food insecurity.
- In March 2012, 882,188 Canadians relied on food banks to provide their basic dietary requirements.
- Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stress and food allergies are more common among families unable to ensure a stable food supply.
- Studies of the use of physician prescriptions for exercise or healthy food found that people in many low-income communities could not access the food or exercise necessary to fill the prescription.
Read the full study here.
Photo by Ed Yourdon, cropped and text added.