3.7 million children in the UK live in households for whom a healthy diet is increasingly unaffordable

New analysis "Affordability of the Eatwell Guide"from independent think tank The Food Foundation finds that around 3.7 million children in the UK are part of families who earn less than £15,860 and would have to spend 42% of their after-housing income on food to meet the costs of the Government's nutrition guidelines, making a healthy diet most likely unaffordable.

Comparing the estimated cost of the PHE Eatwell Guide to household income in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales shows that the poorest half of households would need to spend nearly 30% of their after-housing income on food to eat the Government's recommended diet, compared with 12% for the richest half of households.