Across all households, purchasing cheaper food, even if it’s not the healthiest option, is the most common coping strategy (79%).
This coping strategy has known risks for negative health outcomes. For example, filling foods with low nutritional value but higher fat, sodium, and sugar content can contribute to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, low energy levels and poor nutrition.
Our Hunger in America 2014 research study examined coping strategies people struggling with food insecurity had to make. You can learn more about these coping strategies.
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