Working full time but not able to afford a balanced diet?



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The Health
and Social Care Information Centre
has recently published data about malnutrition.


Commenting on the
wider issue of food poverty, Dr John Middleton, Vice President for Policy at
the Faculty of Public Health, said:


“Food poverty has
led to the manifestations of a poor diet, such as rickets and malnutrition,
becoming more apparent. There are many reasons why some people can't afford a
healthy diet. One of the main reason people give for using food banks is that
they have not been paid their benefits on time. The extremely harsh benefits
sanctions regime being applied cuts off people’s incomes acutely and completely
and causes hunger. Food poverty also affects hard-working families on low
wages, whose household budgets have been stretched.



“Food prices have gone by up by 12% since 2007, at the same time as wages fell
by 7.6% in relative terms. At the same time, fuel bills, which make up a bigger
part of the incomes of people living on low incomes, have increased.


“We need to see a
national healthy food policy with greater emphasis on access, affordability and
nutritional value. We also need the living wage for everyone, given the public
health benefits it would bring. After all, it cannot be right that people
can be in full-time work and still struggle to make ends meet.”


 


According to the latest figures there has been a 19% increase in the
number of people hospitalised for malnutrition over the past twelve months.


 


Are you struggling to provide yourself and your family with a balanced
nutritional diet? If so contact the Branch chair at
kevinbarrycurra@yahoo.com