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Food insecurity, poor diet quality, and obesity among food pantry participants in Hartford, CT.
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Mar; 45(2):159-64.JN

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Examine relationships between food security, diet quality, and body mass index (BMI) among food pantry users.

METHODS

Convenience sample of 212 food pantry clients in Hartford, CT from June, 2010 to May, 2011. Main outcomes included food security (United States Department of Agriculture module), fruit and vegetable consumption (Block Screener), and BMI (stadiometer and digital medical scale). Chi-square tests, Spearman correlations, and logistic regression models were analyzed.

RESULTS

Over half of the sample (50.5%) had very low food security. Mean BMI was 29.5 kg/m(2). Age was positively associated with food security (P < .01). Food-secure participants were twice as likely to eat fruit, vegetables, and fiber as food-insecure participants (P = .04). Women were 4 times as likely to be obese as men (P < .01), yet food insecurity was not associated with obesity in this sample.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

Ensuring the nutritional adequacy of donated food is an important consideration for food donors and pantry staff.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT 06030, USA. robaina@uchc.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23219294

Citation

Robaina, Kate A., and Katie S. Martin. "Food Insecurity, Poor Diet Quality, and Obesity Among Food Pantry Participants in Hartford, CT." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, vol. 45, no. 2, 2013, pp. 159-64.
Robaina KA, Martin KS. Food insecurity, poor diet quality, and obesity among food pantry participants in Hartford, CT. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013;45(2):159-64.
Robaina, K. A., & Martin, K. S. (2013). Food insecurity, poor diet quality, and obesity among food pantry participants in Hartford, CT. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(2), 159-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2012.07.001
Robaina KA, Martin KS. Food Insecurity, Poor Diet Quality, and Obesity Among Food Pantry Participants in Hartford, CT. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013;45(2):159-64. PubMed PMID: 23219294.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Food insecurity, poor diet quality, and obesity among food pantry participants in Hartford, CT. AU - Robaina,Kate A, AU - Martin,Katie S, Y1 - 2012/12/05/ PY - 2011/08/04/received PY - 2012/06/26/revised PY - 2012/07/03/accepted PY - 2012/12/11/entrez PY - 2012/12/12/pubmed PY - 2013/4/26/medline SP - 159 EP - 64 JF - Journal of nutrition education and behavior JO - J Nutr Educ Behav VL - 45 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Examine relationships between food security, diet quality, and body mass index (BMI) among food pantry users. METHODS: Convenience sample of 212 food pantry clients in Hartford, CT from June, 2010 to May, 2011. Main outcomes included food security (United States Department of Agriculture module), fruit and vegetable consumption (Block Screener), and BMI (stadiometer and digital medical scale). Chi-square tests, Spearman correlations, and logistic regression models were analyzed. RESULTS: Over half of the sample (50.5%) had very low food security. Mean BMI was 29.5 kg/m(2). Age was positively associated with food security (P < .01). Food-secure participants were twice as likely to eat fruit, vegetables, and fiber as food-insecure participants (P = .04). Women were 4 times as likely to be obese as men (P < .01), yet food insecurity was not associated with obesity in this sample. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Ensuring the nutritional adequacy of donated food is an important consideration for food donors and pantry staff. SN - 1878-2620 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23219294/Food_insecurity_poor_diet_quality_and_obesity_among_food_pantry_participants_in_Hartford_CT_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1499-4046(12)00506-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -