Food poverty is 'causing illness,' health expert warns

Illness caused by malnutrition is getting worse because some people cannot afford good quality food, a health expert has warned. Credit: PA

The number of people falling ill with malnutrition and rickets caused by poor quality food is increasing because people can't afford nutritious meals, a health expert has warned.

John Middleton, vice president of the Faculty of Public Health, told the BBC: "It's getting worse because people can't afford good quality food.

"It's getting worse where malnutrition, rickets and other manifestations of extreme poor diet are becoming apparent."

Hospital admissions for patients with malnutrition have increased from 5,590 to 6,690 in a one-year period, according to figures released earlier this month by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.