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Dr. Sarah Gerritsen on Food Poverty: 14th of June, 2019

Dr. Sarah Gerritsen on Food Poverty: 14th of June, 2019

Dr. Sarah Gerritsen on Food Poverty: 14th of June, 2019 Sarah Gerritsen on Food Poverty: 14th of June, 2019, 10.56 MB
Friday, June 14, 2019

Food poverty & child malnutrition is a problematic issue facing Aotearoa, with more than one hundred & sixty thousand Kiwi kids not getting enough adequate food. The ministry of health recently published a report, the household food insecurities among New Zealand child health survey, which found that children in food-insecure households had poorer parent-rated health status, poorer nutrition, as well as reported higher rates of psychological and parenting stress, as well as poorer self-rated health status. Now the strain seems to be on those families living on a low-income budget, where a low-wage economy, alongside very low levels of welfare support, is fuelling this crisis of food poverty. So what is going to be done about this by the Ministry of Health? Louis caught up Dr Sarah Gerritsen of the University of Auckland's faculty of medical & health sciences, who spoke to me on the prevalence of food poverty’s impact, on families in Aotearoa.