3. Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Standard of healthy living on the island of Ireland

Project Reference:

03-RESR-011

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

March, 2004

Project Duration:

22 months

Abstract:

Ireland experiences marked social inequalities in health, seen in the variation in health outcomes, especially mortality, across the different social groupings. Social inequality in dietary behaviour has been documented within the Republic of Ireland, but not on the island as a whole.

This study determined the pattern of household and individual food purchasing and food availability information across a range of socio-demographic and socio-economic household types on the island of Ireland. It also identified a budget standard (the amount of money needed to provide a healthy diet, material security, social participation and sense of control) for a low-income family comprised of two parents and two children.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Sharon Friel, National University of Ireland, Galway

Collaborator(s):

Dr Colin Thunhurst & Dr Brendan McElroy, University College Cork

Prof Ciaran O’Neill, University of Ulster

Outputs:

Report:

Standard of Healthy Living on the island of Ireland

Peer review:

Thunhurst, C., Kirby A, McElroy B, Friel S, Harrington J; (2006) “Socioeconomic determinants of food choice on the Island of Ireland” Socioeconomic determinants of food choice on the Island of Ireland , pp.188-188 

Kirby, A., Thunhurst C, McElroy B, Friel S, Harrington J; (2006) “Dietary Patterns inf Ireland: An assessment of individual and household level dietary patterns” Dietary Patterns inf Ireland: An assessment of individual and household level dietary patterns , pp.65-65     

Friel, S., J. Harrington, Thunhurst C, Kirby A, McElroy B ; (2006) Food Poverty on the Island of Ireland: Issues of access and availability Food Poverty on the Island of Ireland: Issues of access and availability , pp.248-248

Harrington, J., Friel S, Thunhurst C, Kirby A, McElroy B ; (2006) “An Obesogenic Island: The financial cost of physical activity in Ireland” An Obesogenic Island: The financial cost of physical activity in Ireland , pp.202-202

Harrington, J., Friel S, Thunhurst C, Kirby A, McElroy B ; (2008) “Obesogenic island: the financial burden of private transport on low income households”. Journal of Public Health, Vol. 30, No.1, pp, 38-44