Is food insecurity associated with maternal health among UK ethnic groups? An exploration of women in the BiB cohort.

Publication authors

Power, Madeleine S; Small, Neil; Doherty, Bob; Stewart-Knox, Barbara; Pickett, Kate E


Food insecurity is a determinant of maternal health; however, research on the health impact of food insecurity among mothers of varying ethnicities is under-developed. We assessed the association of food insecurity and health among white British and Pakistani mothers. Data from the Born in Bradford cohort were matched with data on food insecurity and self-reported health from the nested BiB1000 study (N = 1280). Food insecurity was associated with elevated odds of fair/poor health among white British mothers but not Pakistani mothers. Adjusting for financial security, the association between food insecurity and poor health was not significant among either white British or Pakistani mothers.