Great Britain: a healthy diet is ‘unaffordable’ to millions of children

07 November 2018

Up to 3.7 million children are living in households that cannot afford to eat healthily.

The figure was calculated by counting the number of families earning less than £15,860, the amount needed to afford a balanced diet as defined by Public Health England’s Eatwell guide.

In its report, Affordability of the UK’s Eatwell guide, independent think tank The Food Foundation calculated that a family of two adults and two children aged between 10 and 15 would need to spend £103.17 a week to follow the guidelines.

That means the poorest 20% of households with children would need to spend 42% of their after-housing budget on food – nearly five times the proportion that the richest 20% of families must spend.