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Malnutrition could become 'health emergency'

Malnutrition could become 'health emergency'

Malnutrition could become 'health emergency'

Experts have warned that food poverty in the UK could soon become a “health emergency”. 

Writing in the BMJ, six leading public health figures have warned that the number of malnutrition-related hospital admissions in England has doubled since 2008/09. 

Along with more cheap, unhealthy foods being bought, there has also been a sharp rise in the number of people using food banks. 

The experts said that malnutrition in children is particularly worrying as it increases the risk of cardiovascular and other adult chronic diseases. 

A recent report from the Trussell Trust, which runs 400 food banks, said the number of people using their services has tripled to 350,000 in the past year. 

David Taylor-Robinson, a population health scientists at the Medical Research Council and one of the authors of the letter, said: "It is clear people are increasingly struggling with their food bills.

"We need to start monitoring this and treating it as a public health problem. This has all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventive action.” 


Welcome to Tory Britain.

Whilst the poor are blamed by the media for being poor, their children will continue to suffer. We are in the top ten of the richest economies in the world, yet the benefits of this are retained by the privileged few, and the rest of us are only a couple of paydays away from destitution and relying on food banks.

I am involved in and regularly collect for our local food bank, and whilst most people are kind and thoughtful, with many telling me about neighbours, relatives and others they know who are living from hand to mouth; there are many awful attitudes out there.

Lets not hear about flat screen TV's and mountain bikes, and other individual cases, championed by the awful tabloids. People cannot help being made redundant. In my work I come across many poor people who are not lazy, frivolous, or coining it is from hard working tax payers.

Its about time the country woke up to the damage this extremely nasty government are doing. For whilst they are cut, cut, cut for us; they will never have to face a hungry child with an empty food cupboard.

All in this together aye, Cameron??

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