We cannot overcome the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) without first addressing food security – and we cannot address food insecurity without first correctly defining it. This is also underscored in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG # 2, which addresses food security, hunger, and nutrition. ‘Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life’ (FAO). Yes, people can be food insecure both in the presence and absence of hunger. An important point to consider when discussing NCDs.