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Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm: Workshop Summary

Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm: Workshop Summary


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At some point during 2009, more than 17 million households in the United States had difficulty providing enough food for all their members because of a lack of resources. In more than one-third of these households, the food intake of some household members was reduced and normal eating patterns were disrupted due to limited resources. The Workshop on Understanding the Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Obesity was held to explore the biological, economic, psychosocial, and other factors that may influence the relationship between food insecurity, overweight, and obesity in the United States.

Hunger and Obesity examines current concepts and research findings in the field. The report identifies information gaps, proposes alternative approaches to analyzing data, recommends new data that should be collected, and addresses the limitations of the available research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780309187428
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 06/26/2011
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 824,236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Overview 1

1 Goals of the Workshop 5

2 Setting the Stage for the Coexistence of Food Insecurity and Obesity 7

3 Socioeconomic Disparities: Food Insecurity and Obesity 33

4 Sentinel Populations 51

5 Socioecological Perspectives: The Individual Level 71

6 Socioecological Perspectives: The Family and Household Level 85

7 Socioecological Perspectives: The Environmental Level 99

8 Socioecological Perspectives: The Institutional Level 115

9 Putting the Levels Together 125

10 Research Applications 135

11 Research Gaps from a Disciplinary Perspective 149

12 Research Methods and Measures 161

13 Key Elements, Priorities, and Next Steps 177


A Workshop Agenda 189

B Planning Committee Biographical Sketches 195

C Speaker Biographical Sketches 199

D Workshop Participants 215

E Acronyms 223

F Roundtable Discussions 225

G Public Comments 231

H Brief List of Recurring Workshop Discussions 235

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