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Household food insecurity narrows the sex gap in five adverse mental health outcomes among Canadian adults

TitleHousehold food insecurity narrows the sex gap in five adverse mental health outcomes among Canadian adults
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsJessiman-Perreault, G., and McIntyre L.
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Pages319 - 334
Keywordscanadian adults, household food insecurity, mental health, sex
Abstract

The sex gap (i.e., the significant difference in an outcome between men and women) in the occurrence of a variety of mental health conditions has been well documented. Household food insecurity has also repeatedly been found to be associated with a variety of poor mental health outcomes. Although both sex and household food insecurity have received attention individually, rarely have they been examined together to explore whether or how these indicators of two social locations interact to impact common mental health outcomes. Using a pooled sample (N = 302,683) of the Canadian Community Health Survey (2005–2012), we test whether sex modifies the relationship between household food insecurity assessed by the Household Food Security Survey Module and five adverse mental health outcomes, controlling for confounding covariates. Although the sex gap was observed among food secure men versus women, males and females reporting any level of food insecurity were equally likely to report adverse mental health outcomes, compared with those reporting food security. Therefore, household food insecurity seems to narrow the sex gap on five adverse mental health outcomes.

URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/3/319
DOI10.3390/ijerph16030319
Document URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/3/319/pdf