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Levels of UK hunger and malnutrition ‘among the worst in Europe’, report says 10 Jan 2019 10:39 #12748

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MPs call for the appointment of a 'Minister for Hunger', as thousands of families struggle to afford nutritious food.

The Government has failed to recognise and respond to the issues of hunger, malnutrition and obesity in the UK and should urgently appoint a Minister for Hunger to help address the problem, an influential group of MPs has said.

In a damning report, the Environmental Audit Committee finds that levels of food insecurity in the UK, defined as “limited access to food … due to lack of money or other resources”, continues to grow and is now among the worst in Europe.

The report warns that children are among the hardest hit, with 19% of under 15s living with an adult who is moderately or severely food insecure.

Health experts have previously highlighted a rise in the number of people developing health conditions associated with hunger and malnutrition.

MPs heard from witnesses how food insecurity can lead to both malnutrition and obesity, with people forced to rely on the very cheapest foods, which are often high is calories but low in vital nutrients.

The Committee argues that the Government’s obesity strategy fails to address issues of food insecurity and only the Department for International Development mentions hunger in its Single Departmental Plan.

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Levels of UK hunger and malnutrition ‘among the worst in Europe’, report says 10 Jan 2019 20:20 #12773

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Levels of UK hunger and malnutrition ‘among the worst in Europe’, report says 10 Jan 2019 22:55 #12776

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'That is why the sanctions regime has been described by Dr David Webster of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies as, “an amateurish, secret penal system which is more severe than the mainstream judicial system”.

He's got a point!
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Levels of UK hunger and malnutrition ‘among the worst in Europe’, report says 11 Jan 2019 07:08 #12780

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"In a damning report, the Environmental Audit Committee finds that levels of food insecurity in the UK, defined as “limited access to food … due to lack of money or other resources”, continues to grow and is now among the worst in Europe."

Nice to know these planks have us leading the economic world in Europe at something. :whistle: :evil:
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