TITLE

HOUSEHOLD ECONOMIC RESOURCES AS A DETERMINANT OF CHILDHOOD NUTRITION: POLICY RESPONSES FOR NEW ZEALAND

AUTHOR(S)
Walton, Mat; Signal, Louise; Thomson, George
PUB. DATE
August 2009
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Aug2009, Issue 36, p194
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Improving the nutrition of children and reducing rates of childhood overweight and obesity have been high priorities for the New Zealand Government since 2000. The rates of childhood overweight and obesity vary by ethnic group and socio-economic status, and reducing inequalities in the burden of childhood overweight and obesity is an explicit aim of the Government. This paper aims to identify policy options that will have an impact on the economic drivers of childhood nutrition and obesity. A qualitative model of the economic determinants of childhood nutrition within a household setting is presented. The model identifies cost barriers to sufficient healthy food as a key factor in the foods purchased and consumed within a household. An analysis of New Zealand household economic and nutritional data then identifies policy options to improve childhood nutrition and reduce rates of overweight and obesity. These policy options focus on cost subsidies for non-discretionary household expenditure and reducing the price of food to increase access to nutritious foods, including fruit and vegetables.
ACCESSION #
48923999

 

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