Food insecurity, food crimes and structural violence: an Australian perspective

Sue Booth, Christina Mary Pollard

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The causes of food insecurity lay largely outside the influence of the health sector, but the health consequences are serious and substantial. Food insecurity is associated with expensive and avoidable social and chronic disease burden including overweight, obesity, diet‐related disease and mental illness in adults, and poor growth and development, dental caries, socioemotional impairment and behavioural issues in children.3, 4 Not only is the experience of being food insecure traumatic, but it is also often accompanied by other poverty‐related stressors that amplify its effect.5 Given the costs and detrimental public health impact, what action is being undertaken to prevent food insecurity and protect public health in Australia?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-88
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

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  • Australian Food Security Policy
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Household food insecurity


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