Posted by Hamish Gray on 10 October 2014 I
Food Security is defined as when all people at all times have access to sufficient, affordable, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. Many factors can affect a person's food security including personal circumstances and where they live, learn, work and play. These circumstances are often referred to as the determinants of health. When people experience low food security (limited access to sufficient, affordable, safe and nutritious food), it puts them at risk of a range of physical, behavioural and psychosocial issues.
When low food security affects children they are more likely to lack concentration at school, have strained family relationships and miss school. There are links between low food security and poor health, compromised immunity, reduced life satisfaction, violent behaviour and mental and physical symptoms in children. Low food security can have lasting implications over a lifetime and through generations.