• Study how acute or chronic food insecurity relates to obesity.

  • Conduct longitudinal studies that explore the relationship between food insecurity and obesity among children and adults.

  • Use mixed methods to identify, for example, the contextual factors beyond those provided in quantitative studies.

  • Study how the experience and interpretation of food insecurity and obesity differ among groups, households, and individuals.

  • Study how parents or caregivers perceive food insecurity and obesity among their children.

  • Study aspects of physical activity such as variations by social class, the presence of physical activity deserts, the influence of the built environment, and correlations with poverty.

  • Consider factors such as stress, depression, and mental health as mediating factors or pathways to both food insecurity and obesity.

  • Examine how nutrition assistance programs (such as SNAP) could provide incentives for families and households to purchase healthful foods.

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