Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 268–279 | Cite as

Gendered Analyses of Nutrient Deficiencies Among the Elderly

  • Hung-Hao Chang
  • Rodolfo M. NaygaJr.
  • Kung-Chi Chan
Original Paper


This paper examines the factors that are associated with nutrient intake status of the elderly. Our study places special attention on the roles of physical functions, mental health, and dietary knowledge on the risk of inadequate nutrition consumption (nutrition consumption deficiencies). Using a nationwide survey of the elderly in Taiwan, we conduct empirical analysis separately by gender. Our results suggest that improving the physical conditions of male elders, the mental health of female elders, and dietary knowledge can decrease the nutrient consumption deficiencies of the elderly.


Dietary knowledge Elderly Nutrient deficiencies Physical and mental health 



H. H. Chang would like to thank partial funding support by the College of Bioresource and Agriculture at the National Taiwan University. The authors appreciate the assistance of The Center for Survey Research of Academia Sinica in providing data. The views expressed herein are the authors’ own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hung-Hao Chang
    • 1
  • Rodolfo M. NaygaJr.
    • 2
  • Kung-Chi Chan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Economics and AgribusinessUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Food and NutritionProvidence UniversityShalu TownshipTaiwan

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