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Food insecurity in community-dwelling older Australians.
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PMID:  16571176     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify the extent of food insecurity (defined as running out of food in the last 12 months and being unable to afford to buy more) amongst older Australians, and the characteristics of those who experience this condition. DESIGN: Cross-sectional population survey. SETTING AND SUBJECTS: Respondents (n = 8,881) were community-dwelling older people (65 years and older) living independently in New South Wales, Australia, randomly sampled to participate in a computer-assisted telephone interview conducted during 1999-2000. The response rate was 71%. Responses to a food insecurity questionnaire item were collected along with sociodemographic information, living arrangements, lifestyle and self-rated health. Univariate analyses and logistic regression modelling of factors for reporting food insecurity were conducted. RESULTS: Approximately one in 50 older people reported experiencing food insecurity in the previous 12 months attributable to inadequate finances. The analyses revealed that those at risk can be identified as more likely to report poorer health, limited financial resources, not owning their own home and living alone. Gender and age differences were also evident. CONCLUSION: While only a minority of older Australians reported experiencing food insecurity attributable to inadequate finances, such people are at higher risk of malnutrition and associated morbidity. Food insecurity is an important public health and equity issue in older people that can be addressed through implementing appropriate income and social support policies.
Susan Quine; Stephen Morrell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-30     Completed Date:  2006-08-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  219-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Public Health, Building A27, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Analysis of Variance
Cross-Sectional Studies
Food Supply* / economics
Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration
Interviews as Topic
Life Style
Logistic Models
New South Wales
Residence Characteristics* / statistics & numerical data
Sex Distribution
Social Welfare

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