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Food and Nutrient intake and Attitudes Among Disadvantaged Groups on the Island of Ireland: Summary Report

Creator:

Safefood

Subject Keywords: CANCER, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, FINANCE, FOOD AND NUTRITION, OBESITY, SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS, UNEMPLOYMENT
Topic: Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Diabetes
Hypertension
Stroke
Health Inequalities
Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Obesity
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: All-island
Description:

Safefood research has revealed that social stresses which are part of daily life for many people from low socio-economic backgrounds are a major contributor to an unhealthy diet. The consequences of an unhealthy diet for longer term health include heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and some cancers. The research was launched at the safefood Food Poverty Conference in Dundalk. Some of the stresses found in the report were financial worries, insecure housing tenure, unemployment, local crime, social disorder and the demands of childcare. Dr. Cliodhna Foley Nolan, Director of Human Health and Nutrition, safefood commented, "Our research revealed that low socio-economic status groups feel that they have less control of their health . Cost appears to play a secondary role when compared to other barriers to healthy eating including social stresses. These groups were more accepting of being overweight, and were therefore less likely to make, or maintain changes to their diet." The safefood commissioned report entitled ?Diet, Nutrient Intake and Attitudes among Disadvantaged Groups on the island of Ireland? examined the socio-economic differences in food group and nutrient intakes, and the attitudinal factors which contribute to these differences. The findings provide current evidence of the food and nutrient inequalities among disadvantaged groups on the island of Ireland. In particular, the research provides information on the barriers to healthy eating among disadvantaged young urban women, who were identified as being at particular risk of poverty and micronutrient inadequacy.

Date:

05/11/2008

Rights: © Safefood
Suggested citation:

Safefood. (2008) Food and Nutrient intake and Attitudes Among Disadvantaged Groups on the Island of Ireland: Summary Report [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/3752 [Accessed: 24th August 2019].

  

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