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What's the difference between food insecurity and hunger?

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While food insecurity may sound a lot like hunger, the two are different. Food insecurity is when you can't get enough healthy food easily. Hunger is a physical issue that can be caused by food insecurity. It can lead to illness, weakness, or pain.

From: What Is Food Insecurity? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “About Chronic Disease.”

Feeding America: “Child Nutrition Programs.”

Food Research and Action Center: “Hunger & Health: The Impact of Poverty, Food Insecurity, and Poor Nutrition on Health and Well-Being.”

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: “Food Insecurity.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Food Security in the U.S.: Measurement,” “Definitions of Food Insecurity.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 18, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “About Chronic Disease.”

Feeding America: “Child Nutrition Programs.”

Food Research and Action Center: “Hunger & Health: The Impact of Poverty, Food Insecurity, and Poor Nutrition on Health and Well-Being.”

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: “Food Insecurity.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Food Security in the U.S.: Measurement,” “Definitions of Food Insecurity.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 18, 2019

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