Almost a third of U.S. children are overweight, but many are also hungry?

Almost a third of U.S. children are overweight, but many are also hungry? Almost a third of U.S. children are overweight, but many are also hungry? Does it make sense?

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This article highlights some of the complexities of hunger in America. It’s not just about getting enough food, but getting enough of the right kinds of food, as well as understanding the importance of making the right choices.

It can be very challenging to eat healthy on a tight budget, but have we considered what price we are paying to not eat healthy? What price are our children paying? What affect has it had on our communities?

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated  there is a similarity between low-income families trying to stretch scarce food dollars with high-calorie processed foods, “and youngsters who are just flat out not getting fed because their parents don’t have the resources to feed them.”

Elaine Livas, who runs Project SHARE, a food pantry in Pa., expressed that there’s something else to consider. As the nation becomes more health conscious, she’s noticing less healthy food coming to her pantry. She’s getting more sugar-coated cereals, for example, than the high-fiber ones she used to receive. “We can’t really complain that the poor are heavier, when what we’re donating is our kind of castaways,” she says.

What are your thoughts?

Maria Ali, RD, LD/N
Nutrition Manager

2 thoughts

  1. This article is so timely. I just wrote a small blog entry on this topic as an observation Things that make us go hmmm.

    We see children that are both Obese AND Malnourished at the same.

    As a food supplier, what is encouraging is that we are seeing a growing trend that Food Banks and Non-Profits are starting to take the lead on requesting for helathier foods high in Protein, Fiber, Good Fats and Balanced Nutrition.

    We hope that this is a great sign for things to come.


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