The above research examines the economic barriers to healthy eating in the UK. In particular, the report focuses on three barriers to healthy eating in the UK: food affordability, food prices and access to food stores selling healthy groceries at a good price. Across the country, food accounts for about one in every ten pounds spent by households. For households in the bottom income decile (the poorest 10%), food accounts for about 15% of all expenditure and takes up about a fifth of household disposable income.
Across all households, one in ten (10%) said that they had cut back on their own level of food consumption so that others in their family (such as children) can eat. This figure stands at 14% among households with an income of less than £10,000.
Individuals without a car or with disabilities that hinder mobility may find it difficult to easily access a wide range of healthy, affordable food products. SMF analysis presented in this report suggests that about one in ten (8% of) deprived areas in England & Wales are “food deserts”. Such areas include the Marsh Farm estate in Luton, the Southampton Way estate in South London, the Trowbridge area of Cardiff and Swarcliffe in Leeds.
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