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Food Security

Food security

A state in which everyone is always able to financially and physically access an adequate amount of food to live a healthy life. The main focus is on quantity.

Nutrition security

A state in which everyone is always able to financially and physically access foods that are sufficient, safe, and nutritious to meet dietary needs and preferences in order to live a healthy life. The main focus is on quality including the type and characteristics of the food as well as the needs and preferences of the individual.

NOTE: A person can experience nutrition insecurity without experiencing food security

Food insecurity

A state of limited financial or physical access to adequate food for everyone in a household to live a healthy life. 

Hunger

A personal physiological feeling of discomfort caused by a lack of food. Although hunger can result from food insecurity, these terms are not interchangeable.


Our Sexual Health Guiding Principles

  • Accuracy
  • Agency
  • Empathy
  • Stigma reduction

Our Sexual Health Guiding Principles

  • Accuracy
  • Agency
  • Empathy
  • Stigma reduction

Language Alternatives

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The hungry

Food insecure adults

The food insecure


Consider this instead

People experiencing food insecurity

People without reliable access to food

Those without reliable food access


Here’s why

Uses person-first language.

‘Experience’ also acknowledges that this can be a temporary state and a problem that can be solved.

Why Is This Important?

Associating certain types of sexual activity with a person’s moral character has historically led to groups being excluded from society or being seen as “abnormal” or “amoral.”

Using neutral language in sexual health does not make suggestions as to who someone is as a person. Rather, it provides information in a way that does not shame, judge, or assign blame.

Providing accurate, empathetic, and non-judgmental sexual health information is the first step in preventing unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV through the promotion of healthy sexual behaviors.

Food is a basic human necessity. It fuels us and ties us together, and it’s a human right. However, millions of people around the world are unsure where their next nourishing meal will come from. 

In order to end this evolving crisis, we must first understand how the food system works — and it can be complex. That’s why we’re breaking down some crucial terms to help unpack these issues while also ensuring that we’re prioritizing the individuals experiencing these conditions. We always want to lead with dignity, empathy, and respect because people are more than just labels.

The Healthy Living Coalition suggested these terms, and Healthline Media defined them. The Healthy Living Coalition is a collective of business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and advocates that combines the resources of its members to tackle nutrition gaps, help improve food systems, and combat food insecurity. 

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Our Approach

While it would be much easier to list the definitive do’s and don’ts of language, that is not possible — context is critical. Language is always changing and evolving, and any list would soon be out of date. This is why we're always listening for changes. Additionally, there are no definitively "right" or "wrong" answers about what language to use. Context is important, and what works for us might not work for you. While specific word choices will change over time, our community approach first ensures that we are prioritizing those who are the most important to what we do: our readers. See full approach here.