Women face a ‘disproportionate burden’ when managing household diets

Posted by ap507 at Dec 19, 2013 12:55 PM |
Research by University academic suggests rising cost of heating means more families will have to ‘choose between warmth and nourishment’

Christmas can be a time for celebration and consuming copious amounts of calories, but for some it is time of great financial difficulty.

According to Dr Jesse Matheson from the Department of Economics, the rising cost of heating substantially increases incidences of food insecurity in poorer households around the Christmas period, and it may be women who feel the biggest burden about household diet during this time.

Dr Matheson's findings suggest that this may be because women are more likely to be single parents and have a lower overall income - it therefore seems likely that they would be more subject to the added financial stresses of the winter and holiday season.

Because of the high volume of those in need over Christmas, Dr Matheson appeals to the public to support local food banks, which will ensure that, when faced with uncertainty about the cost of living, everyone will have access to at least a tin of soup at Christmas time. It is time, he suggests, to take action and help those in need.

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