Food (in)security among disabled people in the UK
Vulnerability to food insecurity among disabled people is a growing concern, even more so in the last few months due to Covid19. Compared to UK national statistics, disabled people were over three-times more prevalent among adults using food banks than in the adult population. The heightened risk of food insecurity among disabled people, and evidence that these problems have become worse among this group, raise questions about drivers of these risks. Food insecurity can result from financial insecurity, poverty, social exclusion, access to benefits, and a lack of personal support networks (which are also often aspects of the disability experience). Additionally, food insecurity has negative impacts on daily functioning and health, particularly mental health, in the long as well as the short term. Understanding vulnerability to food insecurity among disabled people in the UK can be aided by comparison with experience of other high-income countries.
Disability Rights UK
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