A new paper on food stress in Adelaide has been published in the Journal of Environment and Public Health. The authors argue for a concept of ‘food stress’ – low income families (of a variety of family types) in South Australia have to pay close to 30% of income in order to purchase enough ‘healthy food’ to feed them, whereas higher income families only have to pay less than 10% of their income – making healthy food and thus healthy eating much less affordable in low income families. Professor Paul Ward explained “There’s an obvious link to higher risk for obesity because low income families are ‘forced’ into buying cheaper foods, which are more likely to be processed, nutrient poor, high density foods. The part about ‘food stress’ is to highlight the variety of stresses that people in low incomes are experiencing, with ‘housing stress’, ‘utility bill stress’ (increasing prices etc) sitting alongside ‘food stress’.” The paper also argues that Government policy is required to impact positively on unaffordable healthy food in low income areas.
To view the paper in full, follow this link: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/contents/
Title: Food Stress in Adelaide: The Relationship between Low Income
and the Affordability of Healthy Food
Authors: Paul R. Ward, Fiona Verity, Patricia Carter, George Tsourtos, John Coveney, and Kwan Chui Wong
Journal of Environment and Public Health