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Rise in Prescription Drug Use Linked to Obesity

By Nancy E. Roman November 4, 2015


fooddrugsAccording to this morning’s Washington Post, nearly 3 in 5 American adults take a prescription drug. Alarmingly, they suggest that obesity is driving the need for these drugs, primarily hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and “other elements of the “cardiometabolic syndrome.”


We know that these health issues affect those we serve. 22% of the households that the food banks serves have a member that has diabetes. Nearly half have a member with high blood pressure. This is yet another indication of the powerful connection of food and wellness and only amplifies the need for the Capital Area Food Bank’s work in not just getting food to folks, but getting the right food at the right time and raising awareness about food’s role in preventing diet-related disease.