Healthy diets “increasingly unaffordable” for 220,000 of Scotland’s children, says new research

220,000 children in Scotland now live in households where a healthy diet is increasingly unaffordable, according to research published today by the Food Foundation and funded by the Commissioner.

It found that families in the lowest earning 20% of households would need to spend 39% of their post-housing income on average to meet guidance in  the Eatwell Guide — which helps define the UK Government’s recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet.

This reconfirms that food insecurity is a serious issue for children in Scotland, where they don’t have regular access to the affordable and nutritious food they need to thrive.


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