Addressing Food Insecurity and Overweight/Obesity in Hospitalized Low-Income Latino Patients

Trina Lorraine Gipson-Jones, Bertha L. Davis, Ché Matthew Harris

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Abstract

Food insecurity (FI), the limited or unreliable availability of safe and nutritious food, is a pressing public health concern affecting millions of U.S. citizens. Unfortunately, FI tends to impact those who are most vulnerable (e.g., low-income minorities) and potentially increases obesity risks, diet-sensitive disease risks (e.g., hypertension and type 2 diabetes), and hospital utilization. Low-income Latino patients may be particularly sensitive to adverse outcomes based on unaddressed socioeconomic needs. Nurses are in a prime position to assess and address FI in these patients. Our article will discuss how nurses can be advocates in combating FI in Latino patients with overweight/obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalCreative Nursing
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2019

Keywords

  • Latino patients
  • food insecurity
  • hospital utilization
  • overweight/obese

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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