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The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty have released an interim report that shows that low income households are being left behind in the nations move toward healthier eating.

The report, a recipe for inequality, shows that for low income families:

food accounts for up to a third of the household budget, at a time when most people are spending a lower proportion on food than ever;

childhood obesity is rising;

diabetes is one and a half times more prevalent; and,

access to good food at a reasonable price is often an issue, in part because of the need to shop locally if you don’t own a car.

Pressure on household budgets arising from increasing housing and fuel costs are leading lower income households to ‘trade down’ in relation to food.

They are eating cheaper, more processed, less nutritional food; high in fat, salt and sugar.

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source: Birmingham Food Council
published: 1 May 2015

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