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Hunger and Aging
  The United States is a wealthy country, but among older people, hunger and what nutrition scholars call “food insecurity” persist and are important underlying causes of or contributors to many of the nutrition-related difficulties today’s elders face. As the other articles in this issue attest, optimal nutritional status is an important component of good health and requires particular attention in elderly people, with under-nutrition contributing to frailty and poor health by exacerbating medical conditions and increasing disability and extending hospital stays. These and other aspects of nutritional status also have economic consequences, for example, increased costs for caregivers because of increased need, and increased healthcare costs for the nation. Yet, despite the health and monetary consequences as well as the ethical unacceptability of hunger and food insecurity, as we have noted, they persist in the United States today (Lee and Frongillo, 2001a). As a result, significant eVorts have been made in the past fifteen years to understand and measure household food insecurity and its determinants and consequences. Although most of this work has focused on food insecurity in younger families, specific efforts have also been made to understand hunger and food insecurity in elders.
Type Journal - Bibliographic Record
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Author(s) Edward A. Frongillo and Claire M. Horan
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Journal Publisher Generations
Year 2004
Pages 62-63
Article Title Hunger and Aging
Edition V28 No.3
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