Millions go hungry in UK as a result of the economic crisis
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Millions go hungry in UK as a result of the economic crisis

Millions of British citizens have been forced to skip meals or spend whole days without eating anything due to the economic crisis. This was revealed by a research by the Food Foundation.

Millions of British citizens have been forced to skip meals or spend whole days without eating anything due to the economic crisis. This is what emerged from a study conducted by the charity Food Foundation, according to which almost one in five low-income families in September experienced food insecurity, a number even greater than in the chaotic weeks of the first Covid lockdown.

Hunger levels in the UK more than doubled from January to September, according to the foundation: nearly 10 million adults and 4 million children had access to regular meals last month and were forced to seek help. The parents of 800,000 minors have asked for their children to have access to the free school canteen service and there have been countless thefts of food from classmates. More and more often the packed lunch prepared by mum or dad consisted of a single slice of bread.

Michael Marmot – a leading British public health expert – called the increase in hunger “alarming” and told the Guardian that the health consequences will be severe, including – in addition to malnutrition – an increase in cases of stress. , mental illness, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

The Food Foundation began monitoring food insecurity shortly before the pandemic by administering surveys to 4,200 adults. During the first two weeks of the lockdown in March and April 2020, 14% of households skipped meals due to the emptying of supermarket shelves and the massive interruption of food supplies.

Subsequent polls have shown a decline in food insecurity rates, which have stabilized between 7 and 8%. Since January 2022, however, rising energy bills and food prices, coupled with the removal of Covid economic aid, have caused a sharp rise in hunger. More than two-thirds of families with food problems said they were cooking less and less or turning off their refrigerators to reduce energy costs.

Last month, over 18% of UK households said they had cut back on or skipped meals altogether, 11% reported not eating despite being hungry and 6% said they didn’t eat. eaten for a whole day.