Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food Insecurity, Dietary Quality, And Obesity Among Us Adults

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a government program to help its participants buy food. The amount of money issued each month is calculated by income, number of people in household, and other factors. SNAP benefits create a way for people to eat. But it also helps people in more ways than just filling their stomachs. And yet, there are those who do not see the benefits in continuing this program. If you have never experienced having to use government benefits just to survive day to day, that view is your luxury. Food is important to your health, and when you are not getting the proper nutrients, your health suffers. “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food Insecurity,…show more content…
“…among the food-insecure population, SNAP participation appears to buffer against poor dietary quality and obesity…” Their research highlights how SNAP can potentially play into helping at risk people obtain a healthy diet and weight status. After being on and off SNAP for the majority of my life, my physical health was better on benefits, rather than off. I was able to lose weight once I had access to healthy foods, rather than cheap and processed (which is what my mother could afford without benefits). Other health benefits came from being on SNAP. We have very poor immune systems in my family, and that was alleviated somewhat when the stress of not having enough food was diminished, as well as having access to healthier food. Medical conditions that were exacerbated by poor eating and stress are very common. Thyroid problems and half of my family having intestinal disorders created even more burdens. As well as the majority of my family having eating disorders, like anorexia/ bulimia and food maintenance disorder (from not having food and having to be very strict with food for so long). Nguyen, Shuval Bertmann, and Yaroch also make a point that certain factors should not be separate, but rather seen as having interaction. “SNAP, food insecurity, obesity, dietary patterns, food availability and access, and other factors should be considered together rather than separately, because these factors may interact in a complex relationship.”

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