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Malnutrition Has More Than Doubled ..
Malnutrition cases treated by the NHS in England have more than doubled under ten years of Tory rule.
Damning NHS figures compiled by Labour show 2,320 people were treated by a consultant for the condition in 2019-20 – up from 978 in 2010-11.
The total has risen steadily in almost every year over the last decade, falling slightly only in 2013/14 and 2020/21.
More than a third of the 2,256 cases last year were in pensioners, with around a 10% of all cases recorded in over-80s.
There were also 59 under-18s suffering from malnutrition, excluding fetal malnutrition.
The figures only count those whose “primary diagnosis” – the main reason they were treated – was malnutrition, so do not factor in thousands of other cases.
( Dan Bloom, 01.04.2022 )

Misleading And Harmful Marketing By The Meat Industry ..
Researchers have drawn comparisons between animal agriculture and the tobacco industry in a paper that explores the marketing techniques used across both sectors.
They warned that such tactics can be misleading and harmful, to both public health and the planet.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) conducted the study.
The organisations included in the research tended to downplay the health and environmental impacts of meat consumption, the paper said, most frequently relying on the following concepts: “Keep eating meat to be healthy,” there’s “no need to cut down (on meat) to be green,” negative consequences to meat-eating are “still open for debate,” and that “most people have no need to worry.”
Such messaging aims to “minimise the perception of harm” linked to meat production, and promotes further meat-eating, researchers said.
They noted that these approaches have historically been adopted by producers of “other harmful commodities,” such as tobacco and fossil fuels.

Promoting messages that minimise the potential environmental and health harms of red and processed meat consumption could affect the perceived urgency of this issue on the policy agenda.
These findings should act as a call to action for greater scrutiny of the industry, as addressing people’s appetite for meat will be crucial to efforts to avert climate breakdown and improve public health.
( Dr James Milner, senior author from LSHTM )

There is growing evidence to suggest that current consumption trends of red and processed meat are a threat to both human health and the health of the planet and this is increasingly being recognised in UK policy spheres.
The 2021 National Food Strategy for England, for example, recommended that meat consumption should be cut by 30% in the next decade.
Our findings suggest that the meat industry may be using various frames that counteract this narrative.
( Kathryn Clare, lead author from LSHTM )

The UK Government Found Guilty Of Human Rights Violations ..
Austerity and changes to the benefits system have penalised the most vulnerable and at risk people in Britain.
Since the 2008 financial crash, Conservative party policies have placed the burden of the budget deficit on the shoulders of those least able to afford it.
As a consequence of the austerity agenda, stagnating wages and the rising cost of living, in 2020, one in four children in the UK live in poverty and more than four million people are trapped in deep poverty.
Households reliant on the DWP for benefits have been hit the hardest by austerity.
Disabled people and single mothers are perhaps the most vulnerable groups in Britain and their lives have been derailed through benefit cuts.
A 2018 study for the UK’s equality watchdog found that the government was guilty of human rights violations due to its policy choice to penalise the poorest households in Britain.
In January last year (2019), it was uncovered that 17,000 people had died while waiting to hear whether their claim for disability benefits, now called Personal Independence Payments (PIP), had been successful.
One in four had cancer.
Errol Graham was just four and a half stone when his emaciated body was found by bailiffs.
The 57 year-old had starved to death in a flat with no electricity or gas supply.
The only food in his cupboards were two tins of fish, four years out of date.
His benefits had been stopped by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) only months before.
As a vulnerable claimant with a long history of severe mental illness, he should have been protected.
Instead, he was left to die.
At the inquest in June 2019, Graham’s death was ruled as being due to starvation.
The avoidable circumstances surrounding Graham’s tragic death are unfortunately not unique.
Mark Wood was 44 when he starved to death in David Cameron’s constituency when his benefits were wrongly cut to just £40 per week.
He too was a highly vulnerable claimant with mental health issues.
In 2018, there were 111,450 ESA claims closely followed by the deaths of claimants.
( Harriet Williamson, 31.01 2020 )

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