Food Security Status and the Prevalence of Diet-Related Chronic Diseases Among California Women
2012 | Download
This report uses data from the 2009 California Women's Health Survey to examine the association between food insecurity and diet-related chronic diseases among adults such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol in Californian women.
Nearly one third of all California women were food insecure. High blood pressure remained positively associated with food insecurity even when demographics were controlled. Since self-reported diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease are likely underestimated among women with poor access to health care, a positive association with food insecurity may be underestimated.
Economic, educational, and environmental interventions are needed to better ensure that the most nutritionally vulnerable women have access to affordable healthy food to help them manage and reduce diet-related, chronic diseases.