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Food security, selection, and healthy eating in a Pacific Community in Auckland New Zealand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17704026     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
When an infant is brought home to the family, it is often a time of emotional, economic and physical stress due to the extra demands placed on parents. Household food security means "access at all times to enough and nutritionally appropriate food to provide the energy and nutrients needed to maintain an active and healthy life". Questions about food security were asked of 1376 Pacific Island mothers (as part of the Pacific Island Family Study) approximately six weeks after the birth of their baby. Due to lack of money food sometimes ran out in 39.8% of households and in a further 3.8% food often ran out. Variety of foods was limited by lack of money in 39.3%. Foods that were still bought when money was limited included bread (97%), milk (95%), meat and chicken (91%), vegetables and fruit (83%), rice or pasta (82%), breakfast cereals (69%), fish or shellfish (50%) and biscuits or chips (44%). Alcohol (1%), soft drinks (11%), ice cream (12%) and fruit juice (21%) were the least often bought. Energy density (MJ/kg) and nutrient-density of typical foods limited by lack of money were analysed. Rice, bread and fatty meats provided the most calories per dollar and fruit and vegetables the least. The best protein-value for money was from minced beef, chicken and tinned tuna and the most fibre-rich foods included baked beans and mixed vegetables. Food security is a major problem for Pacific families. The environment of food availability, choice and cost requires attention to help close the health gap.
Authors:
Elaine Rush; Naita Puniani; Neil Snowling; Janis Paterson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0964-7058     ISO Abbreviation:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-20     Completed Date:  2007-12-07     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440304     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  448-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Institute of Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand, Division of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92006, Auckland, New Zealand. elaine.rush@aut.ac.nz
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Diet / standards*
Diet Surveys
Eating
Energy Intake / physiology*
Female
Food / economics,  standards*
Food Supply* / statistics & numerical data
Health Food
Humans
Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
New Zealand
Nutrition Policy
Nutritive Value
Postpartum Period
Poverty*

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