NHS Health Scotland's position on food poverty in Scotland

NHS Health Scotland has published its position on food poverty in Scotland. They define food poverty as 'the inability to acquire or consume an adequate or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so'.  Food poverty is a significant threat to health and wellbeing and contributes to health inequalities. Food poverty results from the wider political, environmental and socio-economic factors and is therefore preventable.

Dr Dionne Mackison, Food, Nutrition & Obesity Public Health Adviser said:

We have developed this position statement in order to set out what we know about this emerging public health issue. Food poverty results primarily from income inequality and is therefore not inevitable. We need to know more about the extent of food poverty in Scotland, and we urgently need ways to measure and monitor this issue.

Bill Gray, Community Food and Health said:

We are working to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity, ability and confidence to access a healthy and acceptable diet for themselves, their families and their communities. However, it’s not a job for the health service alone; we need to continue to work with our partners to develop better ways to address food poverty to ensure a fairer, healthier Scotland. 

You can read the full food poverty statement here.

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