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AHPC2010 - Community initiatives to increase food access

2010 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
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  1. 1. Obesity, Poverty, and Hunger Heather Hartline-Grafton, DrPH, RD Senior Nutrition Policy Analyst Anti-Hunger Policy Conference Community Initiatives to Address Food Access and Healthy Eating Washington, DC | March 7, 2010
  2. 2. U.S. Prevalence of Overweight & Obesity 31.3 31.6 28.8 63.2
  3. 3. <ul><li>Physiological </li></ul><ul><li>Diabetes </li></ul><ul><li>Atherosclerosis </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertension </li></ul><ul><li>Some types of cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Earlier onset of puberty </li></ul>Overweight & Obesity | Consequences Sources: Finkelstein et al., 2009; Guh et al., 2009; Hesketh et al., 2004; Houston et al., 2009; Kaplowitz, 2008; Krukowski et al., 2009; Nguygen et al., 2008; Petry et al., 2008; Puhl et al., 2008; Rodbard et al., 2009 <ul><li>Psychological & Social </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Low self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Work impairment </li></ul><ul><li>Poor academic performance </li></ul>$147 billion in annual medical costs
  4. 4. Overweight & Obesity | Adult Disparities <ul><li>In general, rates are: </li></ul><ul><li>Higher for African-American and Hispanic women than White women </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly similar for men across racial-ethnic groups </li></ul><ul><li>Higher in the South </li></ul><ul><li>Higher with increased age </li></ul>Sources: Flegal et al., 2010; Gregg et al., 2009
  5. 5. <ul><li>In general, rates are: </li></ul><ul><li>Higher (and have increased more rapidly over time) among African-American and Hispanic children than White children </li></ul><ul><li>Higher in the South </li></ul>Overweight & Obesity | Child Disparities Sources: Freedman et al., 2006; Ogden et al., 2010; Singh et al., 2008
  6. 6. <ul><li>Greater obesity risk if low-income, especially among low-income women and children </li></ul><ul><li>Source: McLaren, 2007; Miech et al., 2006; Skelton et al., 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Between 1986 and 2002, BMI was higher every year for adults in the lowest income and education groups </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Truong & Sturm, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Obesity rates increased by 10% for all U.S. children between 2003 and 2007, but by 23% for low-income children </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Singh et al., 2010 </li></ul>Overweight & Obesity | Low-Income
  7. 7. <ul><li>But risk varies depending on gender and race-ethnicity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher risk for females </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less consistent relationship among males </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources: McLaren, 2007; Ogden et al., 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seems to be a greater risk for White females, but lower risk for African-American females </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources: Ogden et al., 2007; Wang & Zhang, 2006; Zhang & Wang, 2004 </li></ul></ul>Overweight & Obesity | Low-Income
  8. 8. Overweight & Obesity | Food Insecurity <ul><li>Research is mixed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater risk of obesity with food insecurity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources: Basiotis & Lino, 2002; Casey et al., 2006; Townsend et al., 2001; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Townsend & Melgar-Quinonez, 2003; Wilde & Peterman, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No relationship or lower risk of obesity with food insecurity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources: Jones & Frongillo, 2007; Rose & Bodor, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The strongest and most consistent evidence is for a </li></ul><ul><li>higher risk among food insecure women. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Overweight & Obesity | Causes Environment Culture Socioeconomic Status Behavior Metabolism Genetics Intake > Expenditure (chronic)  Overweight & Obesity <ul><ul><li>Source: USDHHS, 2001 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What contributes to the high rates of overweight and obesity in the U.S.?
  11. 11. Why are low-income and food insecure people vulnerable to obesity? What are their unique challenges?
  12. 12. <ul><li>Limited resources </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of access to healthy, affordable foods </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer opportunities for physical activity </li></ul><ul><li>Cycles of food deprivation and overeating </li></ul><ul><li>High levels of stress </li></ul><ul><li>Greater exposure to obesity-related marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Limited access to health care </li></ul>Overweight & Obesity | Challenges Associated with Poverty
  13. 13. <ul><li>Limited resources and lack of access to healthy, affordable foods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack full-service grocery stores and farmers’ markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy food is often more expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy food – especially fresh produce – is often of poorer quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater availability of fast food restaurants </li></ul></ul>Challenges Associated with Poverty Sources: Andreyeva et al., 2008; Drewnowski et al., 2007; Larson et al., 2009; Simon et al., 2008
  14. 17. <ul><li>Fewer opportunities for physical activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer physical activity resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical activity resources may not be attractive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crime, traffic, and unsafe playground equipment are barriers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less time being active during PE classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less likely to have recess </li></ul></ul>Challenges Associated with Poverty Sources: Barros et al., 2009; Neckerman et al., 2009; Powell et al., 2004; UCLA Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, 2009
  15. 19. <ul><li>Cycles of food deprivation and overeating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic ups and downs in food intake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unhealthy preoccupation with food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metabolic changes that promote fat storage </li></ul></ul>Challenges Associated with Poverty Sources: Alaimo et al., 2001; Basiotis & Lino, 2002; Dammann & Smith, 2009; Dietz, 1995; Olson et al., 2007; Polivy, 1996 Parents – primarily mothers – may restrict their food intake and sacrifice their own nutrition to protect their children from hunger.
  16. 20. <ul><li>High levels of stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources of stress: food insecurity, low-wage work, lack of access to health care, inadequate transportation, poor housing, violence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hormonal and metabolic changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unhealthy eating behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxiety and depression </li></ul></ul>Challenges Associated with Poverty Sources: Adam & Epel, 2007; Torres & Nowson, 2007
  17. 21. <ul><li>Greater exposure to obesity-related marketing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sugar-sweetened beverages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Television shows </li></ul></ul>Challenges Associated with Poverty Sources: Kumanyika & Grier, 2006; Lewis et al., 2005; Yancey et al., 2009
  18. 22. <ul><li>Limited access to health care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of diagnosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of treatment </li></ul></ul>Challenges Associated with Poverty
  19. 23. What Can We Do?
  20. 24. Role of the Federal Nutrition Programs in Obesity Prevention Reduce Overweight & Obesity Federal Nutrition Programs Improve Dietary Intake Reduce Food Insecurity
  21. 26. “ We also find that subsidized meals at school or day care are beneficial for children’s weight status, and we argue that expanding access to subsidized meals may be the most effective tool to use in combating obesity in poor children .” Source: Kimbro & Rigby, 2010
  22. 27. Increase participation in the federal nutrition programs
  23. 28. President Obama’s Goal
  24. 29. Ending Childhood Hunger by 2015: The Essential Strategies for Achieving the President's Goal <ul><li>Restore economic growth and create jobs with better wages for lower-income workers </li></ul><ul><li>Raise the incomes of the lowest-income families </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the SNAP/Food Stamp Program </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the Child Nutrition Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the entire federal government in ending childhood hunger </li></ul><ul><li>Work with states, localities and nonprofits to expand and improve participation in federal nutrition programs </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure all families have convenient access to reasonably priced, healthy food </li></ul>
  25. 32. Healthy Food Financing Initiative <ul><li>Obama administration goal: eliminate food deserts within 7 years </li></ul><ul><li>$400 million in President’s FY2011 budget </li></ul><ul><li>Develop or equip grocery stores and other healthy food retailers in underserved areas </li></ul><ul><li>Departments of Treasury, Agriculture, and Health & Human Services to provide financial and technical assistance </li></ul>
  26. 33. What is FRAC doing? <ul><li>Advocacy, advocacy, advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Creating publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hunger and Obesity? Making the Connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FRAC Focuses: Obesity and Poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developing comprehensive Web site content </li></ul><ul><li>Providing technical assistance </li></ul>
  27. 34. For more information, contact: <ul><li>Heather Hartline-Grafton, DrPH, RD </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Nutrition Policy Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) </li></ul><ul><li>1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 540 </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, DC 20009  </li></ul><ul><li>202-986-2200 x3017 (t) </li></ul><ul><li>202-986-2525 (f) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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