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Hunger and nutritional poverty in Germany


"Despite increasing social inequality, hunger and nutritional poverty are not regarded as phenomena of German reality; Germany’s debate on eating patterns is largely dominated by the issue of obesity. The article challenges this view and shows by means of empirical approaches that hunger and nutritional poverty tend to be underestimated in a supposedly affluent society. Due to a lack of appropriate food research in Germany, our study gives quantitative evidence drawn from a combination of studies to show that there is nutritional poverty in Germany, and that social welfare recipients are widely excluded from eating out, arguably an essential form of social and cultural participation. Furthermore, we provide insights, based on a qualitative longitudinal study, into day-to-day coping practices in response to food shortage. As the empirical results show, physiological hunger and hunger for social inclusion by eating out are a reality in contemporary German society. The predominant responses of the German political and social welfare system, however, can be characterised by delegation and denial of the problem and by a tendency to stigmatise the poor." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Pfeiffer, Sabine; Ritter, Tobias; Hirseland, Andreas (2011): Hunger and nutritional poverty in Germany * quantitative and qualitative empirical insights. In: Critical public health, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 417-428.