Research Horizons: Amanda McClain – Working to Reduce Food Insecurity

Research Horizons: Amanda McClain – Working to Reduce Food Insecurity

October 14, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


(Music) Imagine not knowing where your next meal will come from. This stressful situation is a reality for many low-income, single
parent and minority families. These vulnerable families have to make
impossible choices. Weighing the cost of food against medical and housing bills.
My name is Dr. Amanda McLean. I am a nutrition professor at San Diego State
University. I study how the stress of food insecurity impacts diet and health.
This work is vitally important because when our neighbors experience food
insecurity and its health consequences, then our whole community’s health and
well-being suffers. I study ways to reduce food insecurity. For example, some of my research shows that participating in food assistance programs may mitigate the stress response in the brain among the food insecure. I also research how
communities can efficiently and effectively connect vulnerable families
to vital resources, so that they can be healthier and less stressed. I am
incredibly inspired by the resilience of these families. They won’t quit and
neither will I, because as their health improves so does the health of our
community. (Music)