The letter was submitted by Suzi Leather, a consultant with the National Food Alliance, and Elizabeth Dowler, nutrition lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The experts wrote: "Hunger and inadequate food intakes are not confined to developing countries. Poor people in Britain have also experienced a decline in food security over the past decade."Reuse content
A dramatic fall in consumption of vitamins and minerals since 1980 is threatening the health of Britain's poorest families, nutrition experts said yesterday. In the past decade vitamin C intake by the poorest fifth of families in the UK had dropped by 23 per cent, the experts said in a letter to the British Medical Journal. Beta carotene intake had fallen by 47 per cent. Parents regularly went hungry to ensure their children were fed or to pay bills.