Malnutrition cases have Doubled and Rickets is also on the Up

Data collected in 2013 show primary and secondary diagnoses of malnutrition (caused by lack of food or very poor diet) rose from 3,161 in 2008/09 to 5,499 in 2012/13 according to figures released by the health minister Norman Lamb.

While the data does not include information on the circumstances of each diagnosis, the rise coincides with a dramatic increase in the cost of living, and a spike in demand for charity food hand-outs.

Rural areas suffered the most. Hospitals in Somerset saw the most cases, followed by Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.

Cases of Rickets, the disease caused by a deficiency in Vitamin D, is also on the rise from 561 in 2008/9 to 702 in 2012/13.

Whilst the government continues to deny the continued rise in the use of foodbanks is anything to do to Welfare Reform, it didn’t really offer anything in the way of a credible explanation for the rise in malnutrition and rickets, saying only ” The Government has taken action to help families, cutting income tax for 25 million people and taking 2.7 million out of income tax altogether – saving a typical taxpayer over £700 a year, freezing council tax for five years and freezing fuel duty. Our advice for a healthy diet is to eat the right number of calories for how active you are and to eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.”

Hmmmm ….

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