Dietary Intake of Women from Two Australian Cities Living in Poverty

Tanya Lawlis, Melinda Bowden, Johnny Lo, Amanda Devine

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This study assessed the quantity and quality of food consumed by Australian Capital Territory and Perth women living in poverty from July to October 2017. Sixty-six women, recruited through charitable food organizations, participated in one-on-one interviews and 24-hr dietary recall. Overall, diet quality was poor. Daily energy intakes ranged between 96 kJ-11450 kJ. 75% of women consumed below the minimum energy requirement for their age. Daily serve recommendations and Estimated Average Requirements for calcium, iron and potassium were not met. Urgent action is needed from government, health, food, and community sectors to address the ongoing challenges faced by women experiencing food insecurity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2022


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