Available food options at local shops in relation to food insecurity among older adults in Sharpeville, South Africa

Sanjoy Saha, Brenda Abu, Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Abdulkadir A Egal

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Abstract

Due to limited resources and complex food access systems in urban areas, especially older adults are more vulnerable to poor dietary intake and food insecurity in low-income areas in South Africa. This study assessed the prevalence of food insecurity among the older adults and explored the availability of healthy foods in local shops. It was a cross-sectional study conducted in an eldercare centre in Sharpeville, South Africa with an estimated representative sample of 88 participants. Validated tools were used to measure the socio-economic, dietary diversity intake (24-hour dietary recall), household food security and access from the participants. Listing of available foods was carried out on street vendors (n=13) and spaza shops (local community shops) (n=17) within a four kilometer radius of the centre through on-site visit. A binary logistic regression was used to examine the determinants of food insecurity among older adults. More than half (54.5%) of the older adults reported sev
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14500 - 14516
JournalAfrican Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
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StatePublished - Mar 21 2019

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