The nation’s Latino households face nearly twice the level of food insecurity as the national average according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which could have implications for healthy eating plans and diabetes management, found that 22.4% of Latino households were considered food insecure.
The study shows that nearly 20% (19.2%) of American children are considered to be living in food insecure homes, down from 19.5% in 2014. Latino households and minority households in general were at greater risk of food insecurity due to low income budgets that does not allow for the proper intake of fruits and vegetables and leads to lower income families consuming less nutritionally beneficial foods.
In a statement, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that today “two million fewer people live in a state of food insecurity today compared to 2011.”
The science journal Diabetes Spectrum recently noted that individuals in food insecure households have a 2.5% higher risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime.