02 Sep 2021
“Most simply, food insecurity is a lack of the financial resources needed to ensure reliable access to food to meet dietary, nutritional, and social needs.”[i]
The causes of food insecurity (sometimes referred to as food poverty) are complex. It can affect those living on low incomes, but also people with limited access to transport, poor housing or physical or mental ill-health.
The BDA has a policy statement on food poverty and food insecurity, in which we state that nobody in a nation as wealthy as the UK should be living in food poverty. Dietitians see the impact of such food poverty in their practice every day, and know the impact it has on wider health and wellbeing.
In this position statement we set out the issues facing people living with mental ill-health and make recommendations to ensure that healthcare practitioners working in mental health assess for food insecurity routinely as part of the care they provide.
[i] Blake, M.K. (2019) More than Just Food: Food Insecurity and Resilient Place Making through Community Self-Organising. Sustainability, 11, 2942. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102942