|Low/lower middle*||Middle*||Upper middle||High|
|Less than recommended milk consumption||39||38||37||33|
*Interpret with caution.
Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating for People Four Years Old and Over recommends: a minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruit; a minimum of two servings of milk a day; a minimum of 5 servings of grains a day.
Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from Garriguet, D. Overview of Canadians’ Eating Habits. Statistics Canada, Health Statistics Division. Nutrition: Findings from the Canadian Community Health Survey. 2004.
39% of children aged 4 to 9 years living in low/lower middle income households consumed less than the recommended number of servings of milk products (2 servings) daily.
That was the case for 33% of children aged 4 to 9 years living in high income households.
Children and youth who live in families who do not have enough money to purchase quality food are more likely to experience nutrient inadequacies and have poorer diets, with lower intakes of milk products, fruits, and vegetables compared to people who are food secure.1 “Household food insecurity in Canada is tightly linked to income. As a household’s income declines, the risk of food insecurity increases”.2
1Kirkpatrick S, Tarasuk V. Food insecurity is associated with nutrient inadequacies among Canadian adults and adolescents. J Nutr. 2008;138:604-12.
2Food Insecurity Policy Research. PROOF. Household Food Insecurity in Canada.