People facing financial stress due to wider cost of living pressures are often forced to make difficult choices — such as balancing the nutritional quality of food against its cost. The affordability of food is a key determinant of food choice, making ‘food stress’ both a financial and health issue for low income households.
Food security is achieved when all individuals, households and communities have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. It is determined both by local food supply, and the capacity and resources of community members to access and use that food.
Nutritional poverty arises when households under financial stress persistently cannot afford nutritious food, and are forced to make unhealthy choices — buying and consuming less-expensive, energy-dense foods, instead of nutritious ones. Over time, such a diet can results in poorer health outcomes including higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and reduced life expectancy.
Food Security Forum, 13 May 2013
The following presentations were given at WACOSS’s Current Issues in Food Security, Food Stress & Nutritional Poverty forum:
- Dr Christina Pollard, Curtin University
- David Warren, Foodbank WA
- Clair Medhurst, EON Foundation
- Narelle Little, Red Cross
- Ian Carter, AnglicareWA
- Prof Hal Swerrison, La Trobe University
Other submissions/reports WACOSS Submission on the National Food Plan Green Paper,