Food Insecurity Across the Adult Life Span for Persons With Disabilities

Academic Article


  • Food insecurity is an inability to afford the food necessary for a healthy, active life. Using pooled data from the 2011–2014 National Health Interview Survey, this study compares food insecurity among young adults, working-age adults, and older adults with and without disabilities. Results confirm that adults with disabilities have higher odds of living in food-insecure households than adults without disabilities. For adults with and without disabilities, working-age persons face the highest levels of food insecurity compared with other age groups. Older adults face the lowest odds of living in food-insecure households. Across all age groups, persons with mental health limitations are particularly vulnerable.
  • Authors

  • Brucker, Debra
  • Coleman-Jensen, Alisha
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2017
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • disability
  • food insecurity
  • older adults
  • policy
  • working-age adults
  • young adults
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 109
  • End Page

  • 118
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 2