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Going hungry in Australia?

Mohd Abu Bakar, Wan Azdie (2009) Going hungry in Australia? Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 15 (2 Supplement). S36-S36. ISSN 1394-035X

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Abstract

Food security is defined as access by all people at all times to sufficient food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity occurs not only in under-developed and developing countries, but also in developed nations such as Australia. The inconsistency of measurement techniques and administration has limited the efforts to gain a better understanding of food insecurity problems in Australia. Analysis of data from recent health surveys which included indicators of this problem has demonstrated that food insecurity is becoming a significant public health issue. In the 1995 National Health & Nutrition Survey, 5.0% of the surveyed population indicated that they were having food insecurity problems. Increasing in number, 6.2% affirmative responses were received in the 2001 and 2005 National Health Surveys. More people in 2005 (39.9%) went without food when they could not afford it. People with food insecure status also have a significantly different (p<0.001) fruit and vegetable intake, BMI, as well as poor indicators of psychological wellbeing, such as a sense of feeling hopeless and depressed. Hence, a well validated measurement and effective monitoring system is necessary for developing policies and programmes to address food insecurity issues.

Item Type: Article (Meeting Abstract)
Additional Information: 4609/65521
Uncontrolled Keywords: food security, Australia
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Wan Azdie Mohd Abu Bakar
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 08:55
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 09:00
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/65521

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