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What Should the Government Mean by Hunger?
Nationally representative survey data provide insight into how the voting public thinks the word hunger should be used in government reports. The median perception of the least severe condition appropriately described as hunger is that people "… sometimes could not afford to eat enough. They did not feel weak or dizzy, but they did have stomach pains." However, there was not a narrow consensus on the appropriate use of the term hunger, and respondents' viewpoints on this issue were only weakly related to demographic characteristics, income, political preferences, and the extent to which hunger was considered a salient issue. If hunger is measured in a survey or the word hunger is used to describe other measured conditions, such as food insecurity, it is important to communicate clearly the intended meaning of the word.
Journal of hunger & environmental nutrition 2009 Jan., v. 4, no. 1
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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