Does food insecurity increase the risk of metabolic syndrome?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

Yes. Adults who are marginally or very low food secure have an increased risk of metabolic syndrome compared with adults who are food secure. Adolescents from marginally and low food secure households are more likely to be overweight. Adolescents from marginally, low, and very low food secure households are more likely to develop central obesity, a criterion for metabolic syndrome (SOR: B, cross-sectional studies).

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