- Amanda McMahon, Meredith Wilson
Policy Brief: Food Insecurity in the United States
Access to healthy food is vital to live, yet 13.5 million American households struggle with food insecurity. The lack of access to healthy food is harming Americans. With more than one million people dying each year due to diet-related diseases, some of this may be attributed to food insecurity. In 2018, the United States spent $383.6 billion treating diet-related diseases, the majority of which are preventable. Lack of access to healthy food is making individuals susceptible to serious health conditions that plague the American healthcare system such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
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