Recession health Q&A

Recession health Q&A

Everyone should aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg each day

“The recession is bad for your health,” The Daily Telegraph has warned, reporting on a review of the health effects of unemployment. This newspaper also covers a report from the Which? consumer watchdog, which says that although four-fifths of people want to eat healthily, the economic climate is preventing them.

The report by the non-profit Which? consumer group reviews the progress towards its 12 ‘demands’ to encourage healthier food choices, made in a 2004. The report examines the efforts to tackle diet-related health issues by a number of organisations, including supermarkets, food companies and the government. The report also reveals that one in four are making healthy eating a low priority in the wake of the financial crisis.

The second report, an editorial in the British Medical Journal, focuses on unemployment and its effect on health. It reviews past studies conducted in previous times of high unemployment, reporting mortality rates and other detrimental effects, and concludes that recessions are bad for health.

What did the Which? report say?

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