Poverty: Doctors warn of malnutrition

Poverty: Doctors warn of malnutrition

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Growing poverty: Doctors warn of malnutrition

In the UK, leading medical professionals are warning of malnutrition due to growing poverty in the country. More and more people were simply not earning enough to be able to afford a healthy diet. Similar problems are also known from Germany.

Malnutrition warning in the UK Due to growing poverty in the country, leading medical professionals in the UK are warning of malnutrition. As the Faculty of Public Health, an academic association of health scientists, said on Thursday, May 1st, in London, more and more people were earning too little to be able to afford a sufficiently healthy diet. This is the first time since the Second World War that the constant development of a better and affordable food supply has been reversed. Among other things, the scientists referred to rising food prices, falling incomes and an increase in food bars for the socially needy.

Rising prices and falling wages The price of food actually rose by twelve percent between 2007 and 2012, but wages fell by 7.6 percent. According to official information, fruit and vegetable sales fell by ten percent over the same period. Faculty president John Ashton said, "Oliver Twist's specter is back: children are starving in the UK." Even if they may not be eating gruel, their parents would have to "choose cheap food that fills but does not nourish." “This development is not acceptable for Great Britain as the sixth largest economy in the world and the third largest in Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron is urged by the medical community to set up a working group on hunger in the UK.

OECD data paint mixed picture However, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) painted a different picture with data released in March. The proportion of Britons who say they don't have enough money for food has recently dropped. According to the OECD figures, this share is now 8.1 percent, below the EU average of 11.5 percent and also below the average of industrialized countries worldwide of 13.2 percent. However, malnutrition is a massive problem worldwide and kills millions of dead children every year. In many areas of Africa and Asia in particular, people are struggling with hunger and a lack of vitamins and nutrients. A study by the research team led by Robert Black from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, concluded last year that 45 percent of all deaths among children under the age of five in 2011 were due to malnutrition and breastfeeding problems be.

In northern Germany, every third person lacks the money for healthy food As the newspaper “Die Welt” reported, a Forsa survey published on behalf of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) revealed that in northern Germany too, one third of the people lacked the money for healthy food. According to the study, this reasoning is in fifth place nationwide, but in the north it takes third place. In addition, only 37 percent of the people in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Bremen found that eating should above all be healthy. According to their own statements, more than one in two of them did not want to invest a lot of time in their diet, and more than a quarter of those surveyed said that they lacked the necessary knowledge for healthy eating. According to the health insurance company, food rich in vitamins and nutrients does not have to be expensive. The TK offers a free seasonal calendar with information on the respective seasonal and therefore inexpensive fruits and vegetables. According to the TK, the study, for which 1,000 adults were interviewed in January last year, is the most recent of its kind in Germany. (ad)

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