One of the roles & # 39; registered dietitian is to monitor the cost of eating a balanced diet. In 2017, the cost for a family of & # 39; four & # 39 ;, according to the report "Food costs in & # 39; KV" was & # 39; $ 1,019 per month, an increase of & # 39 ; $ 45 for the same food in 2015 (which increased by & # 39; another $ 60 by 2013). This cost does not consider the Special dietary needs, cultural preferences or & # 39; other food, non-food items, food contagious or condiments, spices or equipment and kitchen utensils. When you compare this to the cost of food entry, it is clear that the greatest impact is felt by those who have the lowest incomes. In 2012, 12.7 percent or 485 000 people in the population & # 39; BC were safe food.
The causes, lack of & # 39; food security are complex, but the lack of & # 39; Affordable housing is on top of the list. Seeking & # 39; shelter is top priority to eat nutritious foods. As you & # 39; imagine, the effects of non & # 39; food security are high, since they affect health care costs and individual health. A study of 2018, "The economic burden not met food recommendations in Canada: The cost not to nothing" found that the economic burden satisfying healthy recommendation is & # 39 ; about $ 13.8 billion annually in Canada ($ 5.1 billion directly associated with & # 39; the health care costs and $ 8.7 billion associated with & # 39; indirect costs such as lost productivity) .
Related: 2017 – Nearly half of immigrant children recently in & # 39; KA poor: reported
• Mothers unsafe food are less able to raise long exclusive breastfeeding mothers living in & # 39; families safe food.
• Individuals unsafe food report higher levels of & # 39; bad health, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and allergies & # 39; food.
• Individuals who are secure & # 39; foods with diabetes have less success to handle sugar in their blood
• Individuals unsafe food are f & # 39; increased risk & # 39; depression, stress (including feelings & # 39; failure & # 39; worthless and non & # 39; hope) and social isolation .
• The hungry child is a factor & # 39; independent risk for depression and symptoms of & # 39; suicide in adolescence and advanced adults.
• The children unsafe food have poorer academic performance and social skills compared to & # 39; children who do not experience food insecurity.
I think you get the picture. As a community, we need to figure out ways to promote the safety of food in the house to keep the dignity of & # 39; individual, because directly or indirectly, it affects everyone. This includes involvement in & # 39; municipal politics, donating & # 39; time or resources to non-profit organizations (Shuswap Food Action Society, Center & # 39; Family Resources Shuswap), and help & # 39; emergency (Salvation Army Food Bank, Second Harvest).
– Serena Caner is a registered dietitian at the General Hospital & # 39; Shuswap Lake