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Am J Public Health. 1997 Dec;87(12):1956-61.

Nutrient intakes of individuals from food-insufficient households in the United States.

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Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20005-4788, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Understanding the nutritional consequences of food insufficiency is important for informed policy-making that addresses the problem of domestic hunger. This study estimated the extent to which individuals from food-insufficient households were likely to have low intakes of energy and 14 other nutrients.

METHODS:

The diets of pre-schoolers, adult women, and the elderly were analyzed with 24-hour recall data from the 1989 through 1991 Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals. Logistic regression analysis was used to study the association of self-reported household food insufficiency with nutrient intakes below 50% of the recommended daily allowance.

RESULTS:

For adult women, food insufficiency was significantly associated with low intakes of eight nutrients, including energy, magnesium, and vitamins A, E, C, and B6. Elderly individuals in the food-insufficient group were also more likely to have low intakes of eight nutrients, including protein, calcium, and vitamins A and B6. Household food insufficiency was not significantly associated with low intakes among preschoolers.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results validate the use of self-reported hunger measures in nutritional surveillance and highlight nutrients of concern for food assistance and nutrition education efforts targeted at individuals from food-insufficient households.

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PMID:
9431283
PMCID:
PMC1381236
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.87.12.1956
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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