Food security vs nutrition security

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During the "live" office hours with my students on Zoom this week we discussed the implications and impact of the pandemic on individual eating behavior (in context to Chapter 13's coverage of the determinants of eating behavior) as well as the impact on national dietary trends and food security.   In discussing that the issue isn't necessarily access or consumption of adequate calories, but access and intake of nutrient-dense foods within those calories, I was able to introduce the concept of nutrition security as addressed in Chapter 14.   Today I read with interest a post in Marion Nestle's Food Politics entitled "Let’s pay attention to nutrition security (as well as food security)" that included this point: "it’s not enough to provide adequate calories to people who need food; those calories should come from foods that promote health."  If you are wrapping up the semester with Chapter 14, these recent research briefs on the impact of Coronavirus on food insecurity from Feeding America may also be of interest. 


About the Author
Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.