Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, healthy, and nutritious foods. The issue relating food insecurity is something that most families with lower income experience since it is very hard for them to afford enough food for their active and healthy life. In 2014, it was reported that almost 48 million people experience food insecurity because they cannot afford healthy foods since they are more expensive than foods that are considered unhealthy. Many studies also show that food insecurity has caused many children and adults suffer from hunger, obesity, and other health concerning issues. Many households with lower income do not have enough money to buy foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and organic food. The only choice that they have is to eat fast foods that are poor in nutrition. These families also live in neighborhoods that don’t have fair amount of grocery stores. Some of the grocery stores in the neighborhood only sell vegetables and fruits that are not in good condition. These create a problem for the families to maintain a healthy life.
Obesity has been an increasing problem for the last decades especially with fast food industry booming in America and other parts of the world. Obesity is often associated with overconsumption of foods that lack nutrition that the human body need. Traditionally, these foods are least expensive, so lower income families with limited resources end up selecting these foods with lower quality diets. The foods that children from lower income families eat have high calories and high sugar that leads to weight gain and other health concerns. Fast foods especially have been proven to be a leader in causing obesity. A great example of fast food chains targeting low-income families is McDonald’s. McDonald’s offers many meals for $1.00 more or less. This is often seen as the best option for families with low income because it is more affordable, comparing to the price of fruits or vegetables at stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. For most of the lower income families, it is convenient to feed their children the food that they buy at fast food restaurants. In some cases, the frequent consumption of healthy food among these families are very low, so the children find it easy to over consume the unhealthy food that looks more attractive.
It is surprising to think that in the world where is lots of food being produced, there are also lots of families who struggling with accessing these adequate foods. Fast food insecurities are something that many lower incomes families find it hard to overcome because they either live in neighborhoods that do not provide the healthy food, or they only have a choice of purchasing foods that contain poor nutrients.