Friday , May 7 2021

The cost of healthy eating is rising – again – BC Local News

One of the roles of a registered nutritionist is to monitor the cost of eating a balanced diet. In 2017, the cost of a family of four, according to the report "Food costs in the BC", was $ 1,019 a month, an increase of $ 45 for the same foods in 2015 (which increased by another $ 60 from 2013 y). These costs do not take into account special nutritional needs, cultural or other preferences for food, non-food products, food or spices, spices or kitchen equipment and utensils. When comparing these food costs with incomes, it is clear that those with the lowest incomes have the greatest impact. In 2012, 12.7 per cent or 485,000 souls in the BC population are not sure about the food.

Causes, food insecurity are complex, but the lack of affordable housing will be at the top of the list. Finding shelter is a higher priority than eating nutritious meals. As you can imagine, the effects of food insecurity are costly because they affect individual health and health care costs. The 2018 study, "The Economic Burden of Non-Food Recommendations in Canada: The Cost of Nothing Has Done," finds the economic burden of not meeting healthy eating recommendations, is approximately $ 13.8 billion a year in Canada $ 5.1 billion, health care costs, and $ 8.7 billion related to indirect costs, such as a loss of productivity).

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For example:

• Uncertain mothers in maternal foods are less able to maintain exceptional breastfeeding while mothers live in food-protected households.

• Uncertainties in food have higher levels of poor health, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and food allergies.

• Uncertain people with diabetes with food have less success in managing their blood sugar

• Uncertainties in food are at increased risk of depression, suffering (including sense of futility and hopelessness) and social exclusion.

Childhood hunger is an independent risk factor for depression and suicidal symptoms in adolescence and early age.

• Unsafe children in food have poorer academic results and social skills than children who do not have food insecurity.

I think you get the picture. As a community, we need to understand ways to promote food security for households that preserve the dignity of the individual because it directly or indirectly affects us all. This includes inclusion in the municipal policy, donation of time or resources to Shuswap Food Action Society, Family Resource Center Shuswap, and Bank of Army Food Salvation (Second Harvest).

– Serena Caner is a registered nutritionist at the Shuswap Lake Municipal Hospital


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