Family meals and food insecurity in Spanish adolescents

María Fernanda Barreiro-Álvarez, Miriam Latorre-Millán, Anna Bach-Faig*, Albert Fornieles-Deu, David Sánchez-Carracedo

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The world is not on track to achieve the goal of food security for the global population by 2030. New approaches to understand individuals’ food insecurity are needed, especially insecurity related to children and adolescents, since it is associated with health and psychosocial problems. The study aimed to characterise the family dinners among a representative cohort of schooled adolescents (n = 1017) and their parents (n = 261) in Terrassa (Catalonia, Spain) and how family dinners could be related to household food insecurity. The survey findings revealed that in 2022, 19.2% of the adolescents were experiencing household food insecurity. Adolescents with a lower socioeconomic status and of foreign origin showed the highest likelihood of experiencing household food insecurity. Household food security was also associated with some characteristics of family dinners, such as better quality and a higher frequency (seven or more dinners eaten together per week). Based on this finding, possible ways in which family dinners could offer a beneficial effect, alleviating the consequences of food insecurity in adolescents, are discussed. In line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal of guaranteeing food security, the promotion of family dinners and their quality, frequency, and duration to leverage the beneficial effect in states of household food insecurity in Spanish adolescents should be taken into account to design actions and public campaigns in Spain.
Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo107214
Número de páginas7
PublicaciónAppetite
Volumen195
N.º195
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EstadoPublicada - 1 abr 2024

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