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Low-income families faced with return of rickets

According to a recent report from the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), the extreme poverty being faced by families on a low income is leading to the return of illnesses that were commonly seen during the Victorian era, like gout and rickets.

Calls for a national food policy will be made by the body for UK public health professionals, which will include a sugar tax. Concerns are rising for the welfare of British children, as levels of vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition continue to increase.

The latest data indicates that the number of people hospitalised during the last year in England and Wales who are suffering from malnutrition has increased by 19%. According to experts, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

FPH’s Dr John Middleton issued a warning that using food banks and extreme levels of poverty would exacerbate ill health as a result of a poor diet. He also said that obesity would continue to be the biggest problem, as families on low incomes were forced to buy cheap, processed foods that are high in fat. Middleton cites rising energy prices, increasing food costs, and low wages as causes of the problem.

According to the founder of the charity Magic Breakfast, Carmel McConnell, schools expected to see children return for the new academic year with a decline in health. McConnell added that it might take weeks to return to a healthy weight by eating free school meals. Many schools in the UK are also providing healthy tuckshop food. Teesside schools are among those who are encouraging students to eat nutritious options at break times.

Posted by Mark
September 23, 2014
Health

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