The health care costs associated with food insecurity are staggering. Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, well-known food insecurity researcher with the University of Toronto/PROOF project, will present the latest results of their research into the health care costs associated with food insecurity among working-aged adults in Ontario. The researchers documented a more than two-fold difference in health care costs among adults in severely food insecure households compared to those who were food secure.
The findings suggest that policy interventions to address food insecurity can be expected to offset considerable public expenditures in health care. The results were recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (August 10, 2015).
One of the election priorities identified by Dietitians of Canada for the 2015 Federal Election is for the parties to develop and implement a national strategy to reduce food insecurity. Go to http://www.dietitians.ca/federalelection for details.
Valerie Tarasuk , PhD, RD, Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Much of her research is focused on food insecurity, elucidating the scope and nature of this problem in Canada and examining policy and programmatic responses.
Pat Vanderkooy, MSc, RD, Manager of Public Affairs, Dietitians of Canada (DC).
October 1, 2015