One in 12 Older Americans Struggles to Afford Food: Study

One in 12 Older Americans Struggles to Afford Food: Study

One in 12 older Americans doesn’t get enough to eat because they have difficulty affording food, according to a new study.

“In 2011, 8.35 percent of Americans over age 60 faced the threat of hunger — that translates to 4.8 million people,” study author Craig Gundersen, a professor in the department of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois, said in a university news release.

A lack of sufficient food — referred to as food insecurity — means that older people take in fewer calories, vitamins and other nutrients, putting them at increased risk for health problems.

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