Age, Income and Food in Ireland

The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) has published a report “Age, Income and Food in Ireland” which examines the demographic and socio-economic influences on food expenditure in older populations in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI). The findings showed that people aged 65 and over in ROI spend an average 31.7% of their income on food, compared to 27.3% of people younger than 65. In NI, people aged 65 and over spend 23.8% on food on average, compared to 35.7% for people aged under 65.

Food behaviour is influenced by factors such as income, gender and level of social exclusion. Expenditure on fruit and vegetables was quite low among older people, less than half the recommended daily intake of 400g. 

Further information about the research is available on the CARDI website.

Posted: 27/02/2012 16:59:22 by Barbara Whelan


 

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