Sunday, 1 December 2013

food poverty’s growing impact


In another indication of food poverty’s growing impact, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that diagnoses of rickets – a disease of poverty associated with vitamin D deficiency – have risen significantly, from 561 in 2008/09 to 702 in the past year.

Social support charities have made repeated warnings that a combination of economic stagnation and government austerity measures, threatened to plunge some of the country’s poorest into food poverty,  and austerity on our poor has come to light again in figures showing the number of malnutrition cases (the lack of proper nutrition) treated at NHS hospitals has nearly doubled since the economic downturn.

Primary and secondary diagnoses of malnutrition – caused by lack of food or very poor diet – rose from 3,161 in 2008/09 to 5,499 last year, according to figures released by the health minister Norman Lamb.

While the data does not include information on the circumstances of each diagnosis, the rise coincides with a dramatic increase in the cost of living, and a spike in demand for charity food hand-outs.

Social support charities have made repeated warnings that a combination of economic stagnation and government austerity measures, have threatened, and now have plunged some of the country’s poorest into food poverty.

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