Source: Barbara Baylor, Maria Belding, Steven Damiano, Caron Gremont, Patricia Jones, Molly Marsh, Amber Moulton, National Council of La Raza, Dawn Pierce, Beth Ann Saracco, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, and Karen Wilkinson, Bread for the World Institute, 2015
From the blog post:
….The 2016 Hunger Report, The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality, reminds us of how costly the collection of health problems related to hunger is—costly both to individuals and to society….. We all understand that when people don’t have any food at all, they will die of starvation. Death from starvation is an extreme example of the “effect” of hunger on health. But even the bland term food insecurity leads to poor health outcomes. One in three chronically ill adults in the United States has to choose between paying for food or medicine. Either choice is damaging to their health. The medicine may not work without food. Who isn’t familiar with the instruction on many prescription medications to ‘Take with Food’? …. The United States has a population-wide health problem. We spend roughly $3 trillion per year on health care, or 18 percent of GDP—twice as much on average as other high-income countries. But for all this spending on health care, our population is less healthy than those of peer countries. Why? One of the main reasons is that we as a nation tolerate much higher levels of hunger and poverty than people in other rich countries. ….