Food insecurity measurement among older adults: Implications for policy and food security governance

Mireya Vilar-Compte, Pablo Gaitán-Rossi, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla

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Abstract

Understanding food insecurity among older adults (OAs) is a relevant issue. Objectives: Perform a systematic literature review identifying how food insecurity has been measured and how it affects policies, and assess through a psychometric analysis, if experience-based food security scales (EBFSS), can adequately monitor food security governance among OAs. Methods: Research was retrieved from 4 engines and grouped into themes. A psychometric analysis compared a EBFSS's (i.e. the Mexican Food Security Scale) validity in households with and without OAs. Results: 58 manuscripts were synthesized and grouped into 5 themes. The EBFSS showed adequate psychometric properties among OAs. Conclusions: Among older adults, food security governance, can be fostered by an ecological and multisectorial perspective, and by using valid monitoring instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalGlobal Food Security
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Food insecurity
  • Governance
  • Measurement
  • Older adults

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