a1 Acting Regional Advisor for Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Policy Unit, Division of Technical Support and Strategic Development, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Scherfigsvej 8, DK-2100, Copenhagen, Denmark
Increased health inequalities are a result of poverty and social inequalities. Examples of how food intake is affected by poverty exist throughout the European Region. The diets of low-income groups are likely to be inadequate. Low-income groups and specific groups such as children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, and older people often face problems gaining access to a healthy variety of safe foods. Safe healthy food may not be accessible to those most in need. Yet access to a safe and varied healthy diet is a fundamental human right and policies are needed to address this.