Who is vulnerable to household food insecurity and what does this mean for policy and practice?
CDPAC Webinar #2
In this webinar, we delve into the question of what drives vulnerability to household food insecurity in Canada. Drawing on the wealth of Canadian data collected during more than a decade of food insecurity monitoring, we examine the social and economic circumstances of food insecure households and look at what has been found to underpin changes in household food insecurity status over time. We also discuss the relationship between food insecurity and health, considering the evidence of a bidirectional relationship for some conditions. The interpretation of these findings by Dietitians of Canada in their recent Position Statement and Recommendations – Addressing Household Food Insecurity in Canada are also shared as a platform for policy and practice recommendations.
- Valerie Tarasuk, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto and PROOF principal investigator
- Lynn McIntyre, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary and PROOF investigator
- Pat Vanderkooy, MSc, RD, Public Affairs Manager, Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada Resources
- Household Food Insecurity Portal
- Background Paper
- Position Statement and Recommendations
- Executive Summary
The following are links to the research abstracts. If you are looking for the full articles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fafard St-Germain AA, Tarasuk V. High vulnerability to household food insecurity in a sample of Canadian renter households in government-subsidized housing. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2017; 108(2)
Loopstra R, Dachner N, Tarasuk V. An exploration of the unprecedented decline in the prevalence of household food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007–2012. Canadian Public Policy. 2015;41(3):191-206.
Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada: Interpreting the Statistics
CDPAC Webinar #1
Food insecurity – the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints – is increasingly recognized as a serious public health problem. Since 2005, household food insecurity has been systematically monitored in Canada through the Canadian Community Health Survey run by Statistics Canada.
The growing use of these data by public health, community agencies, research centres, and social policy groups has been critical in building awareness and understanding of the problem of food insecurity. However, inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the reporting of data on food insecurity mask the scale and severity of this problem. The accurate and effective use of Canada’s monitoring data hinges on a clear understanding of what exactly is being measured on the Canadian Community Health Survey, what it means, and how to interpret the food insecurity statistics available on Statistics Canada’s website (CANSIM). Anyone interested in using food insecurity statistics or learning about how food insecurity is monitored in Canada is encouraged to view this webinar.
- Valerie Tarasuk, PhD – Professor at University of Toronto and principal investigator of PROOF
- Suzanne Galesloot, MSA, RD – Public Health Nutrition Provincial Lead at Alberta Health Services
- Tracy Woloshyn, RD – Public Health Nutritionist at York Region Public Health
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2014 (most recently available CCHS data – Yukon, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador opted out in 2013-2014)
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2013
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2012 (most recently report with full national data)
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2011
- Monitoring Food Insecurity in Canada
- Children in Food Insecure Households
- The Impact of Food Insecurity on Health
- Public Policy and Food Insecurity
Cox, J., Hamelin, A. M., McLinden, T., Moodie, E. E., Anema, A., Rollet-Kurhajec, K. C., … & Canadian Co-infection Cohort Investigators. (2016). Food insecurity in HIV-hepatitis C virus co-infected individuals in Canada: the importance of co-morbidities. AIDS and Behavior, 1-11.
McIntyre, L., Dutton, D. J., Kwok, C., & Emery, J. H. (2016). Reduction of Food Insecurity among Low-Income Canadian Seniors as a Likely Impact of a Guaranteed Annual Income. Canadian Public Policy, 42(3), 274-286.
Tarasuk, V., Cheng, J., de Oliveira, C., Dachner, N., Gundersen, C., & Kurdyak, P. (2015). Association between household food insecurity and annual health care costs. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 187(14), E429-E436.
Tarasuk, V., Mitchell, A., McLaren, L., & McIntyre, L. (2013). Chronic physical and mental health conditions among adults may increase vulnerability to household food insecurity. The Journal of nutrition, jn-113.
The following are links to the research abstracts. If you are looking for the full articles, please email email@example.com.
Loopstra, R., Dachner, N., & Tarasuk, V. (2015). An exploration of the unprecedented decline in the prevalence of household food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007-2012. Canadian Public Policy, 41(3), 191-206.
McIntyre, L., Williams, J. V., Lavorato, D. H., & Patten, S. (2013). Depression and suicide ideation in late adolescence and early adulthood are an outcome of child hunger. Journal of affective disorders, 150(1), 123-129.