People 'priced out of healthy food'

This Is Lancashire: More than a third of people say it is too expensive to eat healthily More than a third of people say it is too expensive to eat healthily

High food prices have left more than a third of people in the UK struggling to afford to eat healthily, a charity says.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that two thirds of people in the UK would like to eat more healthily, but 42% said they cannot because it is too expensive.

Soaring food prices have seen grocery bills rise almost twice as fast as rent in the last five years, the BHF said, leaving nearly 40% of people admitting they have to sacrifice healthiness for cost when it comes to the supermarket shop.

The survey found that people on the lowest incomes were hit the hardest, with n early three quarters of people earning less than £10,000 a year said they struggled to afford the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the BHF, said: "Healthy eating on a budget is one of the biggest challenges of our times. With the increasing cost of a weekly shopping basket it's a real concern that despite people's best intentions they're struggling to eat healthily.

"But there are ways you can make healthy home-cooking more affordable, so that the rising price of your food shop doesn't need to come at a cost to your heart health."

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7:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

Sorry, I do not agree that price is a factor in people eating unhealthily.

The ever burgeoning waistlines of many Brits is due to over eating, and lack of exercise, My hand is up as I am well over my optimum weight, but I do eat a healthy diet. Taking medical measurement methods I must admit to a degree of obesity, mainly, not because of my calorific intake, but with age comes a lack of capability in the matter of exercise. This allows the pounds to pile on.

I have yet to try the starvation route, l but that may soon be the only way to return to normality.

I visit my local supermarket on a regular basis, and see trolley after trolley loaded with cakes, biscuits, bread, and sweetstuffs of many sorts, admittedly there are vegetables too in the trolley, but there is also large quantities of red meats too.
Over eating does not seem to bother these usually very fat people, but when I look into the trolley of a skinny person, often with similarly skinny kids, I see a different picture.
Maybe they are poor, but at least they only buy the foodstuffs that appear to keep them slim, as well as healthy.
Sorry, I do not agree that price is a factor in people eating unhealthily. The ever burgeoning waistlines of many Brits is due to over eating, and lack of exercise, My hand is up as I am well over my optimum weight, but I do eat a healthy diet. Taking medical measurement methods I must admit to a degree of obesity, mainly, not because of my calorific intake, but with age comes a lack of capability in the matter of exercise. This allows the pounds to pile on. I have yet to try the starvation route, l but that may soon be the only way to return to normality. I visit my local supermarket on a regular basis, and see trolley after trolley loaded with cakes, biscuits, bread, and sweetstuffs of many sorts, admittedly there are vegetables too in the trolley, but there is also large quantities of red meats too. Over eating does not seem to bother these usually very fat people, but when I look into the trolley of a skinny person, often with similarly skinny kids, I see a different picture. Maybe they are poor, but at least they only buy the foodstuffs that appear to keep them slim, as well as healthy. varteg1
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