Major findings of the new study – which lists the UK as having the fifth highest rate of mortality for babies under one year old in Europe - have been published in this article by The Guardian. Other notable findings include the UK’s high levels of obesity – 40% - for children living in deprived areas, low breast feeding rates, and high smoking in pregnancy rates.
James Cashmore, Director of Soil Association’s Food for Life said: “Despite having a health system which is the envy of the world, health of children in the UK lags behind, and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Children’s food must become a national priority: the availability, affordability and acceptability of good, healthy, honest food desperately needs more consistent policy support. The cost and consequence - in terms of ill-health, reduced life chances, and an over-burdened NHS - of further inaction are too significant to ignore”.
Read the full report in The Guardian