Food Banks and Diabetes

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This article in the NY Times exposes, albeit tangentially, some of the misinformation spread around about “food insecurity”.  For example:

  • Many who depend on food pantries are not underfed, but are, like Ms. Lathon, obese and diabetic, experts have found. In 2014, one-third of the 15.5 million households served by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, reported that a household member had diabetes.
  • A growing body of research links food insecurity to uncontrolled diabetes. Diet is partly to blame: The inexpensive food favored by people stretching their dollars is often low in fiber and rich in carbohydrates, which contribute to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

The bottom line is that we need to make sure these places serve healthy food like the one in this article.  We cannot keep creating diabetics under false pretenses. We have written about this before and at least this article is shining a light on it though it is years late.  I still appreciate the honesty.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Food Banks and Diabetes

  1. Kathleen Hallinan, MD
    June 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    For your amusement, read page 17 of the yearly report of Feeding America as well as the least of “leading donors” at the end. It is all the big food industrial leaders. This is a way for food companies to launder money by donation and funnel it to obtain lobbying in their own interest. http://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/about-feeding-america/annual-report/2015-feeding-america-annual.pdf

  2. June 21, 2016 at 9:18 am

    It is a promising story in some ways, but a big red flag in others.

    ““We were just scraping by,” said Ms. Lathon, 56, who works full time as a technician for the Harris County Health Department.”

    Works full time!!! Just scraping by!!! What’s wrong with this picture?

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