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Individual and Household Food Insecurity

The dimensions of food insecurity are different at the individual and household levels.

Food insecurity is dynamic in nature and ranges from anxiety about food supplies to absolute food deprivation.

food anxiety ---> compromises in food quality ---> compromises in food quantity --->  “hunger“

 

 Individual level

 Household level

 Quantitative

 insufficient intake

 food depletion

 Qualitative

 nutritional inadequacy 

 unsuitable food

 Psychological

 lack of choice, feelings of deprivation

 food anxiety

 Social

 disrupted eating patterns

 acquiring food in socially unacceptable ways

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