Six Must-Read Studies about Hunger and Health

by Brittany Morgan Senior Research Specialist, Feeding America

The volume of scholarly research about the intersecting fields of food insecurity and health is ever-growing.

While it is good news that more academic attention is spotlighting the complex intersections between these two topics, it can prove difficult for someone new to the conversation to get their bearings.

Fear not! To aid in our collective understanding about the issue, Feeding America has compiled a succinct list of six seminal and timely studies about hunger and health that have been recommended by our Technical Advisory Group.

Links to the abstracts are provided below; for full article access, you will be asked to provide your credentials.

Basu, S., Berkowitz, S., & Seligman, H. (2017). The Monthly Cycle of Hypoglycemia: An Observational Claims-based Study of Emergency Room Visits, Hospital Admissions, and Costs in a Commercially Insured Population. Medical Care, 00(00), 1-7. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000728
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Gundersen, C., & Zillak, J. P. (2015). Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes. Health Affairs, 34(11), 1830-1839. doi:10.1377//hlthaff.2015.0645
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Leung, C., Tester, J., & Laraia B. (2017). Household Food Insecurity and Ideal Cardiovascular Health Factors in US Adults. JAMA Intern Med., E1-E3. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0239
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Seligman, H. K., Bolger, A. F., Guzman, D., López, A., & Bibbins-Domingo, K. (2014). Exhaustion of Food Budgets At Month’s End And Hospital Admissions For Hypoglycemia. Health Affairs, 33(1), 116-123. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0096
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Seligman, H. K., & Shillinger, D. (2010). Hunger and Socioeconomic Disparities in Chronic Disease. The New England Journal of Medicine, 363:6-9. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1000072
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Tarasuk, V. Cheng, J. de Oliveria, C., Dachner, N., Gundersen, C., & Kurdyak, P. (2015). Association between household food insecurity and annual health care costs. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 187(14), E249-E436. doi:10.1503/cmaj.150234
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In addition, as you might know, Feeding America also regularly conducts research in an effort to better understand the lives and circumstances of individuals who face hunger, especially people who visit food banks and charitable food programs nationwide. An overview of the studies we have produced can be found here on the

Brittany Morgan is the Senior Research Specialist at Feeding America.