COVID-19, Eating Habits, and Food Assistance


“So, when we hoard foods, I mean, first and foremost, it takes food off the shelves. So, if an individual is going to the grocery, and especially if they’re immunocompromised, now they’re not able to access foods that they would normally have. Milk has been one that’s been out a lot, dairy, cheese, dried goods, all these items where an individual might be able to stock up a little bit extra if they’re immunocompromised now they’re no longer able to acquire those foods.” - Shena Jaramillo, RD

Shena Jaramillo speaks to us about her work to reduce health disparities and eating disorders, the impact of stockpiling on food assistance programs. And lastly, we talk about anxiety and the impact on eating habits as stay at home orders get lifted. Shena is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in eating disorders and plant-based nutrition. She focuses on helping patients make behavior changes to facilitate progress towards health and wellness goals. She has 3 Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Anthropology and Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a Master’s degree in Sports Nutrition and Human Performance.

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