food security- more then a determinant of health

In 1996 the nlscy reported ome insight into the a

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Unformatted text preview: n times more likely to experience hunger than those who were not welfare or social assistance income recipients. In 1996 the NLSCY reported ome insight into the A conservative summary estimate of the number of scope of food insecurity Canadians who are food insecure today is that 7.8%, or in Canada is beginning to 2.3 million households—according to the 1998/99 emerge from analyses of limited sets of indicator quesNational Population Health Survey—experienced at least a tions included in some recent compromised diet; 10% of these households or 678,000 population surveys. Child were children. hunger is an extreme manifestation of household food under the age of 18. While food bank that families with hungry children insecurity. Further understanding of use is not a specific marker of food were six times more likely to be lonethis problem has come from the 1994 insufficiency (about two-thirds of the parent-led than were other families; and 1996 cycles of the National hungry in the NLSCY did not seek food over half of lone-parent-led families Longitudinal Survey of Children and bank support), it is highly sensitive to reported hunger. While 54 percent of Youth (NLSCY), in which 22,000 and the hunger state (i.e., few people who all hungry families received their main 16,000 households, respectively, were use a food bank are not truly hungry). income from employment in the 1996 asked “Has your child ever experienced survey, families whose incomes includhunger because there was no food in ed social assistance had greater than an the house or money to buy food? If yes, e recently studied the food eight-fold risk of child hunger, and how often?” insecurity and hunger of 141 half of such families reported hunger. In the 1994 survey, hunger low-income, lone mothers with chilThe only ethnic group that was signifoccurred in 1.2 percent or 57,000 dren in Atlantic Canada over the past icantly associated with hunger was Canadian families with children year and during the course of one those of Aboriginal descent, who were under 11 years of age, 35.0 percent of month. Virtually every household four times more likely to report hunger whom reported that their children experienced food insecurity over the than other respondents. Note that this experienced hunger at least every few past year (96.5 percent). This was survey includes only off-reserve months. In 1996, 1.6 percent of the reduced only modestly to 78 percent Aboriginal people. sample reported child hunger, repreover the past four-week period. The 1996 NLSCY identified the senting 75,615 Canadian families with Maternal hunger was reported by 42 following predictors of hunger in addichildren under 13 years of age. In percent of mothers over the previous tion to low household income: there 1996, 37.5 percent reported frequent year an...
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