Food Insufficiency and the Nutritional Status of the Elderly Population

Studies have shown that food insufficiency, defined as “an inadequate amount of food intake due to lack of resources”, is found in the US population of all ages. A few reports have shown that food insufficient people eat less than the food sufficient population, but no studies have reported on the overall nutritional status of food insufficient people. Using data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), the nutritional status of food insufficient persons 65 y ears of age and over was compared to food sufficient people 65 years of age and over. The results of this analysis provide a glimpse of the potential differences in nutritional status between food sufficient and insufficient individuals.