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Prioritization of the essentials in the spending patterns of Canadian households experiencing food insecurity

TitlePrioritization of the essentials in the spending patterns of Canadian households experiencing food insecurity
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSt-Germain, A-A. Fafard, and Tarasuk V.
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Volume21
Pages2065 - 2078
Keywordsbasic needs, canada, expenditures, household food insecurity, spending patterns
Abstract

Objective Food insecurity is a potent determinant of health and indicator of material deprivation in many affluent countries. Food insecurity is associated with compromises in food and housing expenditures, but how it relates to other expenditures is unknown. The present study described households' resource allocation over a 12-month period by food insecurity status. Design Expenditure data from the 2010 Survey of Household Spending were aggregated into four categories (basic needs, other necessities, discretionary, investments/assets) and ten sub-categories (food, clothing, housing, transportation, household/personal care, health/education, leisure, miscellaneous, personal insurance/pension, durables/assets). A four-level food insecurity status was created using the adult-specific items of the Household Food Security Survey Module. Mean dollars spent and budget share by food insecurity status were estimated with generalized linear models adjusted first for household size and composition, and subsequently for after-tax income quartiles. Setting Canada. Subjects Population-based sample of households from the ten provinces (n 9050). Results Food-secure households had higher mean total expenditures than marginally, moderately and severely food-insecure households (P-trend

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980018000472
DOI10.1017/S1368980018000472
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