Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

It is well established that Indigenous populations are at a heightened risk of food insecurity. Yet, although populations (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) are ageing, little is understood about the levels of food insecurity experienced by older Indigenous peoples. Using Australian data, this stu...

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Main Authors: Jeromey B. Temple, Joanna Russell
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: MDPI AG 2018-08-01
Series:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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Online Access:http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/8/1766
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spelling doaj-723354cdc7d84adeaebe4523035dec802020-11-25T02:17:27ZengMDPI AGInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health1660-46012018-08-01158176610.3390/ijerph15081766ijerph15081766Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslandersJeromey B. Temple0Joanna Russell1Demography and Ageing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, AustraliaSchool of Health and Society, University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2522, AustraliaIt is well established that Indigenous populations are at a heightened risk of food insecurity. Yet, although populations (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) are ageing, little is understood about the levels of food insecurity experienced by older Indigenous peoples. Using Australian data, this study examined the prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Using nationally representative data, we employed ordinal logistic regression models to investigate the association between socio-demographic characteristics and food insecurity. We found that 21% of the older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population were food insecure, with 40% of this group exposed to food insecurity with food depletion and inadequate intake. This places this population at a 5 to 7-fold risk of experiencing food insecurity relative to their older non-Indigenous peers. Measures of geography, language and low socio-economic status were highly associated with exposure to food insecurity. Addressing food insecurity offers one pathway to reduce the disparity in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. Policies that consider both remote and non-remote Australia, as well as those that involve Aboriginal people in their design and implementation are needed to reduce food insecurity.http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/8/1766food insecurityfood securityIndigenous populationageingIndigenous
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author Jeromey B. Temple
Joanna Russell
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Joanna Russell
Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
food insecurity
food security
Indigenous population
ageing
Indigenous
author_facet Jeromey B. Temple
Joanna Russell
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title Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
title_short Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
title_full Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
title_fullStr Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
title_full_unstemmed Food Insecurity among Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
title_sort food insecurity among older aboriginal and torres strait islanders
publisher MDPI AG
series International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
issn 1660-4601
publishDate 2018-08-01
description It is well established that Indigenous populations are at a heightened risk of food insecurity. Yet, although populations (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) are ageing, little is understood about the levels of food insecurity experienced by older Indigenous peoples. Using Australian data, this study examined the prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Using nationally representative data, we employed ordinal logistic regression models to investigate the association between socio-demographic characteristics and food insecurity. We found that 21% of the older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population were food insecure, with 40% of this group exposed to food insecurity with food depletion and inadequate intake. This places this population at a 5 to 7-fold risk of experiencing food insecurity relative to their older non-Indigenous peers. Measures of geography, language and low socio-economic status were highly associated with exposure to food insecurity. Addressing food insecurity offers one pathway to reduce the disparity in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. Policies that consider both remote and non-remote Australia, as well as those that involve Aboriginal people in their design and implementation are needed to reduce food insecurity.
topic food insecurity
food security
Indigenous population
ageing
Indigenous
url http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/8/1766
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