Food Security Among Older Adults: New Insights

by Colleen Fleiss on Jan 7 2021 11:02 PM

Food Security Among Older Adults: New Insights
New study reports rising rates of food insecurity among older adults. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.
Among US adults, from 2007 to 2016, food insecurity or limited access to nutritious foods because of a lack of financial resources increased significantly from 5.5% to 12.4%.

The increase was more pronounced among individuals with lower income.

The study, which drew from data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, also found that older adults who had food insecurity tended to have lower quality diets.

"Continued investment in public health programs and policies are needed to simultaneously improve food security and nutritional intake for older Americans, all of which has become more urgent during the current COVID-19 pandemic," said co-author Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.