Report - Affordability of the UK’s Eatwell Guide

Date: 12th September 2018
Category: Child poverty, Health and health services, Right to life, survival and development


The Food Foundation have published their latest report which aims to assess how affordable the Eatwell guide is for low-income households.

According to their report, 220,000 children in Scotland now live in households where a healthy diet is increasingly unaffordable. Their report reveals some of the challenges faced by low-income households in meeting nutritional recommendations outlined in the Eastwell guide such as rising childhood obesity in deprived areas, increased reliance upon food banks and varying nutritional diets.

Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner, has commented on the findings from the report, highlighting how food insecurity infringes upon children’s human rights.

“These figures from the Food Foundation illustrate the impossible task facing many Scottish families. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is already concerned that Scotland does not have accurate data on the scale of food insecurity, and we are seeing the effects of this right now across Scotland as we know children are going hungry, yet we still do not know the full extent of the problem.

Child poverty needs to be recognised as a significant children’s rights issue in Scotland and a sustained, systematic and human rights based approach at both national and local levels is needed to tackle and eradicate it.”