Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Why food insecurity is prevalent among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Victoria

SPHPM's Alison Markwick has co authored a study with Dr Zahid Ansari and Prof John McNeil which looks at the prevalence of food insecurity among Australians of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

According to the study, food insecurity has been defined as the “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways”


The paper notes that The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey in 2004–05 found that the prevalence of food insecurity was higher among Australians of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. It also adds that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Victoria were markedly more likely to have experienced food insecurity than their non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counterparts. Age, household income, smoking, obesity, and the inability to get help from family and/or friends only partially explained the higher prevalence of food insecurity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

1 comment:

  1. An excellent study about the Australian Aboriginal. The definition of the food insecurity is very much true. Overall the whole article is very informative.

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