Food Insecurity or Poverty? Measuring Need-Related Dietary Adequacy
Jayanta Bhattacharya, Steven Haider, Janet Currie
We examine the extent to which food insecurity questions and the standard poverty measure are correlated with various dietary and physiologic outcomes. Our findings suggest that the correlations vary tremendously by age. We find that the food insecurity questions are correlated with the dietary outcomes of older household members, but that they are not consistently related to the diets of children. In contrast, poverty predicts dietary outcomes among preschoolers. Among adults, both poverty and food insecurity questions are good predictors of many dietary outcomes.
Published: Bhattacharya J., J. Currie, and S. Haider. “Food Insecurity or Poverty? Measuring Need-Related Diet Adequacy." Journal of Health Economics 23, 4 (2004): 839-862.