Food insecurity among older adults doubled in recent years

food insecurity among older adults doubled in recent years

January 13, 2021

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Food insecurity among older adults in the United States doubled from 2007 to 2016, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

“Our results provide further evidence that food insecurity is a serious health concern among older adults,” Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH, an assistant professor in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, said in a press release.

Reference: Leung CW, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021;doi:10.1111/jgs.16971.

Leung and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2007 to 2016, which includes a nationally representative sample of the population of the United States.

Among participants, household food security was assessed using the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module, which included questions about experiences or behaviors of having insufficient resources to obtain food in the past year.

The researchers defined marginal food security as having one to two responses indicating that people in the household have been concerned about running out of food, and food insecurity as three or more responses indicating that people in the household reduced the quality, variety or quantity of their food due to insufficient resources.…

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