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Health inequalities among people experiencing food insecurity. An intersectional approach

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posted on 2024-02-13, 16:16 authored by Nick Drydakis

The study examines the socioeconomic determinants of physical health among populations experiencing food insecurity and receiving free meals in soup kitchens in the Prefecture of Attica, Greece. Data were collected from the same six soup kitchens in 2012, 2017 and 2021, resulting in a dataset of 1533 observations. The study revealed that periods characterised by an economic recession are associated with deteriorated physical health of food‐insecure people. Moreover, the study found that physical health deteriorations among food‐insecure people are associated with older age, female gender, immigration status, disability and/or long‐term health conditions, LGBT status, unemployment, economic inactivity, homelessness, living below the poverty threshold, long‐term food dependency, illicit drug consumption and residing in lower‐ and middle‐class areas. The study proposes the Intersectional Model of Health Inequalities, which integrates multiple factors involved in shaping the health inequalities of people experiencing food insecurity, from macro‐level factors such as a country’s economic performance to individual‐level factors like education, employment status and demographic characteristics. The model emphasises that low‐income populations should not be treated as a homogeneous entity. Its goal is to inform policymakers about the diverse health inequalities experienced by people with low incomes.



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Sociology of Health & Illness





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