SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.19 issue5Assessment of access to the Family Health Strategy from the perspective of users in Santo Antônio de Jesus-Bahia, BrazilCost-effectiveness of risk stratification tests for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia in pediatric patients author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Revista de Salud Pública

Print version ISSN 0124-0064


FIGUEROA-PEDRAZA, Dixis; ALVES-BEZERRA, Thaíse; DANTAS ROCHA CERQUEIRA, Ana C.  and  SANTOS-DA FONSECA, Jacqueline. Food (in)security of families living in a city of Paraíba, Brazil. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.5, pp.649-656. ISSN 0124-0064.


To determine the prevalence of food insecurity among families living in the municipality of Queimadas and its association with socioeconomic and demographic characteristics.


Cross-sectional study involving 204 families living in the municipality of Queimadas, state of Paraíba, Brazil, attended at public primary health care services and with small children in the family core. Food security was assessed by the Brazilian Scale of Food Insecurity. The association between food insecurity and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of families was studied using a logistic regression model.


The application of the scale revealed that 65.4 % of families suffered from food insecurity, being 8.4 % mild, 18.5 % moderate and 38.5 % severe. High prevalences of food insecurity were found in families not receiving social program and in precarious conditions related to sanitation (no toilet inside houses, without toilet flushing, consumption of untreated water, open sewage).


The present study shows that more than half of the families with young children living in the city of Queimadas, served in public primary health services, live in a state of food insecurity and that socioeconomic characteristics are determinant of this state.

Keywords : Nutritional status; child health; primary health care (source: MeSH. NLM)..

        · abstract in Portuguese | Spanish     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )