Broken Plate report reveals the health of our food system

28 February 2019

A new report from the Food Foundation has identified ten signs that show the UK’s food system has led the country into a national health crisis, with children and households on low incomes suffering the severest health consequences.

The first annual ‘State of the Nation’s Food Health’ report maps the key metrics on the ‘health’ of our food system, with recommendations for how these should drive action from industry, the Government and the third sector.

Ten fatally-flawed cogs in the system that puts food on UK tables are working to damage our mental and physical health. The damage inflicted on public health by the UK food system, and the barriers to accessing affordable, healthy food, are evident: 

  • 46% of food and drink advertising goes on confectionary, sweet and savoury snacks and soft drinks; while only 2.5% goes on fruit and vegetables
  • 1 in 4 places to buy food are fast food outlets
  • The poorest 10% of UK households would need to spend 74% of their disposable income on food to meet the Eatwell Guide costs.
  • Unhealthy foods are three times cheaper than healthy food
  • Obesity among children aged five is 2.2 times greater amongst the most deprived communities compared to the least deprived

The report calls on government to take urgent measures to reshape the food system so that healthy diets are affordable, appealing and convenient for all, including preventing the marketing of unhealthy food to children, supporting public health in the Agriculture Bill and encouraging the industry to create healthier products.

Read the full report here.

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