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Food Poverty In The UK Has Reached "Public Health Emergency" Levels

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/05/2013 22:01 -0500

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

This tragic story emanating from the UK just doesn’t seem to go away. Probably because it’s true. The food crisis across the pond first came to my attention in earnest back in October when the Red Cross announced it was set to provide food aid to the UK for the first time since World War II.

The latest twist to this unacceptable saga comes via a letter send by a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities to the British Medical Journal calling it a “public healthy emergency” and accusing the government of covering up the problem by delaying a report on the subject.

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More from The Independent:

Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.

In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.

A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,” they write.

Despite mounting evidence for a growing food poverty crisis in the UK, ministers maintain there is “no robust evidence” of a link between sweeping welfare reforms and a rise in the use of food banks. However, publication of research into the phenomenon, commissioned by the Government itself, has been delayed, amid speculation that the findings may prove embarrassing for ministers.

Chris Mould, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, the largest national food bank provider said that one in three of the 350,000 people who required a food bank hand-out this year were children.

In their letter, Dr Taylor-Robinson, Professor Whitehead and colleagues cite figures recently released by the Government which revealed a surge in the number of malnutrition cases diagnosed at English hospitals since the recession – up from 3,161 in 2008/09 to 5,499 in 2012/13. They also draw attention to reports from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which found a decrease in the number of calories purchased by families, as well as “substitution with unhealthier foods, especially in families with young children”.

Fortunately for the UK, they are blessed with a concentration of oligarchs with supposedly extraordinary capabilities so they should be able to sort this all out in now time. Isn’t that right Boris Johnson?

Full story at the Independent

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Really? Where are all these thin people?

Poverty is linked to obesity. The thins ones are the middle class distributing the food. Which is why the whole thing is a little strange..........

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100242020/whats-fuelling-the-food-bank-frenzy-the-hunger-for-publicity-of-anti-poverty-activists/

Edited by crashmonitor

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I wonder how many of the starving people have mobile phones and big screen TVs?

....a mobile phone or a big screen TV lasts longer than a weeks family food shopping......food has to be paid for and continually replaced a phone and a TV can last for many years....

Food banks exist when people need help over a short period of time, while waiting for money to arrive so that they can go food shopping (these people have no savings whatsoever), you do not see the same people every week using the food banks, some may only use it once to get them out of a sticky situation. ;)

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Poverty is linked to obesity. The thins ones are the middle class distributing the food. Which is why the whole thing is a little strange..........

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100242020/whats-fuelling-the-food-bank-frenzy-the-hunger-for-publicity-of-anti-poverty-activists/

People say that but I have never ever seen a food budget that shows that eating more calories is some how cheaper than eating less calories. I know that chips are cheaper than potatoes from Sainsburys but are chips unhealthy if you put them in the oven?

Are there many people in the UK with a deep fat fryer but not an oven?

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People say that but I have never ever seen a food budget that shows that eating more calories is some how cheaper than eating less calories. I know that chips are cheaper than potatoes from Sainsburys but are chips unhealthy if you put them in the oven?

Are there many people in the UK with a deep fat fryer but not an oven?

Presumably there is always a certain amount of fat or oil on oven chips, or they wouldn't taste like chips. Thus they are going to have quite a few more calories than boiled or mashed, unless you add a load of butter.

I once read somewhere that with a very small amount of first class protein added, like milk or cheese, potatoes are very nearly a perfect food.

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Presumably there is always a certain amount of fat or oil on oven chips, or they wouldn't taste like chips. Thus they are going to have quite a few more calories than boiled or mashed, unless you add a load of butter.

I once read somewhere that with a very small amount of first class protein added, like milk or cheese, potatoes are very nearly a perfect food.

there is nothing wrong to eat unhealthy fast food daily if:

- you eat only that you are not overweight

- you physically exercise

- you eat every day fresh fruits and veggies on the top; and drink about 3l of liquids

simple as that; and a single edult is OK with £4 per day for food; what is £28 per week; do not see any real reasons for the foodbanks at all

Edited by Damik

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....a mobile phone or a big screen TV lasts longer than a weeks family food shopping......food has to be paid for and continually replaced a phone and a TV can last for many years....

Food banks exist when people need help over a short period of time, while waiting for money to arrive so that they can go food shopping (these people have no savings whatsoever), you do not see the same people every week using the food banks, some may only use it once to get them out of a sticky situation. ;)

the emergency nature of the food bank usage very well explained. It is not the total number always using it day in day out. Also if they say that 1 in 3 of the users are children this implies that they are counting all members of the family - so average 4 in a family - the number of households using the food banks is one quarter of the quoted number. ;)

also were the fewer foodbanks there during the heyday of the Labour govt - or was the criteria for use different - but do not let statistical facts get in the way of a good story.

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there is nothing wrong to eat unhealthy fast food daily if:

- you eat only that you are not overweight

- you physically exercise

- you eat every day fresh fruits and veggies on the top; and drink about 3l of liquids

simple as that; and a single edult is OK with £4 per day for food; what is £28 per week; do not see any real reasons for the foodbanks at all

Maybe you should pop down the local food bank and tell them then.

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....a mobile phone or a big screen TV lasts longer than a weeks family food shopping......food has to be paid for and continually replaced a phone and a TV can last for many years....

Ever heard of the idea of "saving for a rainy day"?

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do not see any real reasons for the foodbanks at all

It's politics masquerading as charity, there's no real need for them but there a great way to push the "Tory toffs versus the ordinary guy" agenda.

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Presumably there is always a certain amount of fat or oil on oven chips, or they wouldn't taste like chips. Thus they are going to have quite a few more calories than boiled or mashed, unless you add a load of butter.

I once read somewhere that with a very small amount of first class protein added, like milk or cheese, potatoes are very nearly a perfect food.

Possibly true - although I would still love to see proof that on a low budget you have to eat too many calories.

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Really? Where are all these thin people?

The trend in the UK for calorie consumption is actually going down. The big problem isn't that we're eating too much, the problem is that we're idle fcukers!

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Possibly true - although I would still love to see proof that on a low budget you have to eat too many calories.

Correlation rather than causality.

Quite simply people who are too stupid and lazy to cook a healthy meal for themselves and instead rely upon high fat processed junk food are also likely to be too stupid and lazy to hold down a proper job.

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Presumably there is always a certain amount of fat or oil on oven chips, or they wouldn't taste like chips. Thus they are going to have quite a few more calories than boiled or mashed, unless you add a load of butter.

I once read somewhere that with a very small amount of first class protein added, like milk or cheese, potatoes are very nearly a perfect food.

Prisoners of war survived for years on spuds and milk. I think it's only missing protein.

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Correlation rather than causality.

Quite simply people who are too stupid and lazy to cook a healthy meal for themselves and instead rely upon high fat processed junk food are also likely to be too stupid and lazy to hold down a proper job.

Possibly true but the Guardian says poverty causes obesity and they must be telling the truth - (SARCASM OFF).

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It's politics masquerading as charity, there's no real need for them but there a great way to push the "Tory toffs versus the ordinary guy" agenda.

Indeed; if this country needs something it is a f..ing housebank and not the foodbank

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The poor eat loads of calories but they are empty calories. Calories devoid of nutrients. Negative nutrition, where nutrients are used to digest this junk and no nutrients are provided from the food. This junk is also loaded with trans fat which is undigestible and blocks the cells and suffocates cell respiration eventually leading to diabetes and cancer. Trans fats should be banned here as they are in many countries.

This country is tv chef rich but nutrionally illiterate. The poor are in the vanguard.

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A lot of people here saying things like spaghetti, potatoes and vegetables are cheap, but how the feck are you going to cook them when you are living in a B&B or hostel?

Do you ?

1) Pay your rent/Mortgage

2) Buy food

If you were sanctioned by the jobcenter for a month with absolutely no income at all how are you going to eat?

The number of people living in B&B's. hostels, homeless, sanctioned by the job center and homeless have been rising - that is why food bank usage has rocketed.

Another contributing factor is that there are many people who simply lack the ability to cook a nutritious meal. Education would help here.

Edited by Gone to Ireland.

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The poor eat loads of calories but they are empty calories. Calories devoid of nutrients. Negative nutrition, where nutrients are used to digest this junk and no nutrients are provided from the food. This junk is also loaded with trans fat which is undigestible and blocks the cells and suffocates cell respiration eventually leading to diabetes and cancer. Trans fats should be banned here as they are in many countries.

This country is tv chef rich but nutrionally illiterate. The poor are in the vanguard.

+1 also a diet in which the calories are coming from carbs and sugars are going to cause havoc with your body chemistry and cause obesity and illness very quickly. The poor are loading up on the wrong kinds of foods because they are the cheap foods, obesity results. Cash poor and time poor, with cheap nasty foods.

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