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Groups that Experience Food Inequity

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Erin Pracy

on 20 July 2014

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Transcript of Groups that Experience Food Inequity

The misuse of alcohol and drugs can cause malnutrition through loss of appetite, the slowing of metabolic rate and a reduction in nutrient absorption.
The effects of the substance taken may reduce the user’s motivation
Prolonged use of any substance may mean the individual lacks the ability or knowledge to buy healthy food.
Alcohol and drug abusers
People suffering from a chronic (long-term) illness have to adjust to the demands of the illness and the therapy used to treat it.
Their diet may be limited because…
Individuals who suffer from a chronic disease may also lack the ability to obtain employment
Chronically ill people
Elderly people require access to good nutrition to protect against illness and disease
Those in aged-care facilities generally have good access to food variety
Those living alone have a limited access to food because…
The elderly
Homeless individuals and families can often struggle to find appropriate and nutritious food
They often have no income or financial means
They may be forced to steal or beg for food, or accept handouts
The food handouts provided may be limited so they miss out on vital nutrients
They are likely to eat what is available with little consideration for variety or freshness.
Homeless people
Groups that may experience food Inequity
Inadequate spaces within the home, poor lighting and inappropriate equipment within the home kitchen environment could mean that people living with dementia are unable to provide themselves with meals.
People with dementia can forget to eat—or how to eat, chew and swallow—and how to use cooking equipment; they may also not go out for fear of getting lost.
People with dementia mostly rely on the assistance from carers to access equitable foods such as…
People with dementia
Often experience discrimination
They also tend to live in rural and remote location
One of the major food equity issues for individuals living in these communities would be…
They may also lack the water and supplies to grow and tend their own crops as valuable water would be kept for drinking.
A person with an Aboriginal or Indigenous background may experience poor education and job prospects and continuing discrimination
Aboriginal and Indigenous people
For less capable people with disabilities, many resources are available to ensure they have equitable access to food
Examples include:
Individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities may have limited income because…
They may also have a reduced ability to read and understand nutrition
People with disabilities
The status of women in developing countries is behind that of men in areas such as:
legal rights
Women and children living in developing countries may have less access to available food due to cultural traditions
Women play a vital role in helping the family to survive because…
The practice within such communities is for the women to feed their husband and sons first during times of food shortages
Men living in developing countries frequently seek employment in larger cities
Women also experience greater nutritional needs due to pregnancy, lactation and menstruation
Women and children
People on low incomes or who are unemployed often do not have the finances to meet their food needs.
They are also more likely to have less access to education
Often lack the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare food appropriately
People living in developing countries face harsher living conditions
People on low incomes or unemployed
Rural living can often be a desired lifestyle
Rural life can also be stressful because…
Rural people often experience isolation due to their location, bushfires and floods
The cost of food and transportation also limits the access to food
Higher percentage of indigenous people live in rural areas
Indigenous people experience other inequities
Rural and isolated people
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