Weeks 2 and 3: 2 for 1 special!

Mar 26, 2021

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while, sorry for not posting last week. My schedule was quite busy as was this week’s and I didn’t get to post unfortunately. It’s so weird that even though we don’t go to school now, our schedules are still this busy. Anyways, this week and last week have both been research weeks. I need to gain a solid foundation of understanding food insecurity’s political and scientific implications before I jump into my interviews. So far, I have mostly been researching the scientific side of food insecurity. Research has been quite tedious at times but I’ve been working through it. Below is an excerpt from my research. Enjoy!

In infants and toddlers, food insecurity can lead to developmental delays, increased hospitalizations, and general poorer health. Food insecurity and poor diets also can lead to childhood obesity, which is hard to treat and increases the risk of cardiovascular issues later in life, shortening one’s expected life span. Food insecurity can increase one’s desire to drink later in life, causing issues with alcoholism. It can also lead to depression in parents and their children, bringing the issue outside of physical health and into mental health. In addition, there is an unconfirmed but suspected link between food insecurity and drug addiction. Further research in the field is expected to confirm or deny this link. 

What surprised me the most about this is the effects later in life, such as alcoholism and drug usage (possibly). Things such as obesity and depression are some effects which make logical sense, but the fact that childhood food insecurity affects such a wide range of things is quite surprising. Nonetheless, this only highlights the need for more awareness about the dangers of food insecurity. Below is an attached infographic which highlights food insecurity in Charlottesville. Although Charlottesville is slightly out of the scope of my project, it still provides good info that is relevant to NoVA.

Source: https://mlk.virginia.edu/food-insecurity-information-and-fundraising-campaign

3 Replies to “Weeks 2 and 3: 2 for 1 special!”

  1. Jeffrey G. says:

    I’m glad you’re doing research on such an important topic. I had no idea that the simple lack of food could lead to such a wide variety of side-effects. Keep up the good work!

  2. Eric M. says:

    Great BOGO! I can see that you’re really passionate about this, and that you’re highlighting the important bits.

  3. Sean P. says:

    Very fascinating Jamal! Who knew that food insecurity could result in the plethora of side-effects you mentioned. The fact that I was oblivious to such side-effects only emphasizes the need for more awareness regarding this topic. As Eric noted, I can see you’re really passionate about this. Great work!

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