General Article 3.7 million children in the UK ...

Topic Selected: Food and Diet

... live in households for whom a healthy diet is increasingly unaffordable

  • Comparing the estimated cost of Public Health England's (PHE) 'Eatwell Guide' with household income, shows that the bottom 20% of families would have to spend 42% of their after–housing income on food to eat the Government's recommended diet.
  • This is nearly four times what the richest 20% of UK families would need to spend on food to meet PHE's Eatwell Guide.
  • 3.7 million children in the UK are living in these households, earning less than £15,860, and are likely to be unable to afford a healthy diet as defined by the Government.
  • 14 million households (half of all households in the UK) currently don't spend enough to meet the cost of Government's recommended the Eatwell Guide.
  • Widening inequality is leading to higher rates of childhood obesity in deprived areas with 26% of children in Year 6 being obese compared to 11% in England's richest communi

Would you like to see the rest of this article and all the other benefits that Issues Online can provide with?

Sign up now for an immediate no obligation FREE TRIAL and view the entire collection