UK Food Poverty Causing Massive Rise in Malnutrition Cases
Posted by feww on August 23, 2014
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Two-thirds of Brits surveyed wanted to eat healthy food, but couldn’t afford it
The number of Brits admitted to hospitals for malnutrition has increased by staggering 19% since last year, according to a new report released by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH).
FPH blames the disaster on a combination of a 12% rise UK food prices and a 7.6% decline in wages since 2007.
“It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food. It’s getting worse where malnutrition, rickets and other manifestations of extreme poor diet are becoming apparent.” FPH told the BBC.
Health problems like rickets are becoming more apparent because people could not afford quality food in their diet, said FPH.
[NOTE: FPH is the standard-setting entity for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom. It includes more than 3,300 professionals working in public health. ]
Meantime, a survey of about 2,500 adults conducted by the British Heart Foundation in April found two thirds of UK adults wanted to eat healthy but could not afford healthy food.
About a million Brits rely on food banks, a massive rise of 163% since last year.
According to the Health and Social Information Center the number of patients admitted to hospitals under malnutrition in England and Wales has climbed from 5,469 to 6,520 since last year.
At least a million more working Britons have plunged into poverty as housing costs continue soaring, while wages remain stagnant, according to a UK government report released earlier this year.
The number of working age adults living in “absolute poverty” soared by at least one million, from 7.7 million in 2010-11 to 8.7 million in 2012-13, says a report published by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Meanwhile, the number of children living below the breadline rose from 3.6 million to 4.1 million during the two-year period, said the Child Poverty Action group, citing the Department of Work and Pensions’ report.
Shoplifting ‘Rising Exponentially’
Some people are resorting to shoplifting “simply to live.” Durham Police and Crime Commissioner told BBC.
“The evidence shows that shoplifting and theft in general is rising exponentially and there must be a reason for that,” he said, adding that it was important to address the causes of such crimes.
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