Public Health Nutrition

Research Article

Social inequalities and the burden of food-related ill-health

Aileen Robertsona1 c1

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.


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