Friday, 22 August 2014
Food poverty: Experts issue malnutrition health warning !
More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, experts have warned.
The Faculty of Public Health said conditions like rickets were becoming more apparent because people could not afford quality food in their diet.
It comes after health figures recently revealed a 19% increase in the number of people admitted to hospital with malnutrition over the past year.
Ministers say that billions of pounds are available to tackle health issues.
The government said the money would help councils cope with public health problems such as malnutrition.
But data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed the number of those admitted to hospital in England and Wales had risen from 5,469 to 6,520 over the past year.
Vice president of the Faculty of Public Health, John Middleton, said food-related ill health was getting worse "through extreme poverty and the use of food banks".
"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," he said.
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