Low Income and Poor Diet Leading to Obesity

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The Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey (LIDNS) was commissioned by the Food Standards Agency. It provides strong, nationally representative, evidence on the eating habits, nourishment and nutrition-related health of people on low income.  A sample of 3728 adults and children (aged 4 and above) from 2477 households across the UK were surveyed between November 2003 and January 2005.

  • Methodology:  Sample of 3728 people from 2477 households surveyed between November 2003 and January 2005 using face to face interviews and random self-completion questionnaire. Four 24 hour recalls of diet on random days, physical measurements and blood samples for indications of nutritional status.
  • Start date:  November 2003
  • Frequency of survey:  Currently has only been carried out once
  • Most recent return:  November 2003-January 2005
  • Commissioned by:  Food Standards Agency
  • Coverage: UK
  • Caveats:  Is not robust at local/regional level
  • Link to data source:  http://www.food.gov.uk/science/dietarysurveys/lidnsbranch/#h_2
  • Link to associated papers:  http://www.food.gov.uk/science/dietarysurveys/lidnsbranch/#h_2

This has been sourced from a number of organisations such as:

HSE – NHS – food.gov

It is only one survey, but it does show a very strong link into low income families and bad health including obesity.

The problem is the food industry is powerful and has a lot of money behind it to promote poor eating habits.  We as consumers believe that it is cheaper to buy plastic tray microwave tv dinners but eating fresh can be a lot cheaper than you think, its down to education, if we can educate people how to show for food and what food actually really has in it and what it does to use, we can start hitting obesity.


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