About one in eight families in Canada has trouble putting healthy food on the table according to a new study, CBC News reports.
Those families are living with "food insecurity," defined as "inadequate access to regular healthy meals because of financial issues."
The report also finds that the situation's getting worse. 450,000 more Canadians were living in food-insecure households in 2011 than in 2008.
Food insecurity is especially common in households with kids under the age of 18: in 2011, more than 1.1 million children were living in homes where people struggled to put food on the table. That's one in six kids in Canada.
In New Brunswick, the numbers are even worse: one in four kids in the province live in food-insecure homes. And the study found that in Nunavut, 57 per cent of children are affected by food insecurity.
In all, 1.6 million Canadians faced some level of food insecurity in 2011.
The report, 'Household Food Insecurity in Canada', was produced by a research team from the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Calgary, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
You can read more, and check out the full text of the study, at CBC News.
Via CBC News