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Food insecurity in UK is among worst in Europe, especially for children, says committee

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 10 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l126

Nearly one in five UK children under 15 lives in a home where the parents cannot afford to put food on the table, the environmental audit committee has said.

The committee’s report, Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity in the UK,1 says that about 19% of under 15s live with an adult who is moderately or severely food insecure, defined as having “limited access to food . . . due to lack of money or other resources.” Of these, half are …

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