Disability and food access and insecurity: A scoping review of the literature

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A scoping review was conducted, using a social ecological model approach, of 106 articles examining the effect of disability on food access and (in)security. Results of the review show a consistently increased risk of food insecurity among people with disabilities with a higher risk for mental health disabilities, and among disabled younger adults. Mediators of this relationship were underexplored. Disability was mainly conceptualized as a problematic category preventing food access while ignoring disabling social and environmental barriers. A social model of disability can inform future research by acknowledging the role of socio-environmental influences on the production and experience(s) of disability.




Schwartz, N., Buliung, R., & Wilson, K. (2019, May 1). Disability and food access and insecurity: A scoping review of the literature. Health and Place. Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.03.011

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