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Food insecurity ups odds of adverse health outcomes in young adults

Young adults who were food-insecure had a higher likelihood of self-reported poor health, obstructive airway disease, diabetes, extreme adiposity and hypertension, compared with those who were food-secure, researchers reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Another study by the same researchers in the Journal of Adolescent Health also showed increased odds of mental health problems, including diagnoses of anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation during the past year, as well as worse sleep outcomes among those who were food-insecure.

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