Eating habits affected by debt concerns

Tue, 08 May 2012

Concerns over rising living costs and the likelihood of falling into are affecting eating habits in the UK, new research has shown.

Carried out by PruHealth, the study revealed 10.6 million individuals are failing to maintain a diet that is as healthy as they would like it to be.

According to the investigation, 52 per cent of those questioned believe the recession has had an adverse impact on their overall wellbeing.

It was demonstrated that 75 per cent of Brits have altered their eating and shopping habits in the last four years, with 85 per cent of these citing the economic downturn and escalating food costs as the main reason for this.

Worries that spending too much could lead to issues has played a part in the 26 per cent rise in the number of people failing to consume their recommended five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day.

Indeed, while 47 per cent admitted achieving this was a struggle prior to the recession, this has since climbed to 59 per cent.

Dr Dawn Richards, head of clinical service at PruHealth, said: "People are only too well aware of the need to eat healthily, but financial constraints are making it difficult, resulting in people's health being negatively affected."
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