A call to action to address COVID-19-induced global food insecurity to prevent hunger, malnutrition, and eating pathology

Georgios Paslakis, Gina Dimitropoulos, Debra K. Katzman

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Abstract

© 2020 The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Life Sciences Institute. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com. The coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic has led to food shortages, increased food prices, and loss of income. As a result, global food insecurity alerts have been issued. The pandemic threatens millions of children and adolescents and their families currently living with or at risk for development of food insecurity. The lack of consistent access to nutritious food sources is associated with chronic physical and mental health problems and death. Studies on food insecurity and eating pathology have heightened our concern about the impact the added effect of the pandemic may have on eating behaviors of children and adolescents. Here, we want to draw attention to the need for making food security and healthy eating attitudes and behaviors a global priority during the COVID-19 pandemic to guarantee the current and future health and well-being of our children and adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNutrition Reviews
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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