Article #3 Summary
Egeland et al., Food insecurity among Inuit preschoolers: Nunavut Inuit Child Health Survey, 2007-8.
CMAJ 2010; 182(3):243-8.
This article is basically about a group of researchers who are looking at rates of food insecurity among
the unit households with preschool children. They are going into this research with the assumption that
there are high rates of food insecurity among preschool children on Nunavut.
Background information before carrying out the research:
According to the world food summit:
- Food security exists when "all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to
sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active
and healthy life
- (1) Food security is essential for public health
- (2) Important for child development
o Food insecurity has deleterious effects on children's academic performance and
- (3,4) In Canada, food insecurity is higher in the three territories than in the provinces
o According to Statistics Canada in 2004:
10% of Canadians were living in households identified as food insecure
21% of households in the Yukon Territory, 28% of those in the Northwest
Territories and 56% of those in Nunavut were classified as food insecure
- (5) a high degree of food insecurity exists among Inuit in particular
- (6,7) Further, in most remote communities, the cost of food is at least double that in southern
- Cross-sectional survey