NEW REPORT: The Broken Plate – ten vital signs revealing the health of our food system, its impact on our lives and the remedies we must pursue


Ten vital signs revealing the health of our food system, its impact on our lives and the remedies we must pursue.


The Broken Plate is a new report from the Food Foundation which identifies ten signs that show the UK’s food system has led the country into a national health crisis, with children and households on low incomes suffering the severest health consequences.

Ten fatally-flawed cogs in the system that puts food on UK tables are working to damage our mental and physical health. The damage inflicted on public health by the UK food system, and the barriers to accessing affordable, healthy food, are evident: 20% of 11-year-olds are obese, 3.1 million people are registered with diabetes, 16% of adults report skipping meals because they don’t have enough money and nearly four million children are living in households for whom a healthy diet is unaffordable. In the fifth biggest economy in the world, the poorest 10% of UK households would have to spend three quarters of their disposable income on food in order to afford a healthy diet as defined by the Government.

The Broken Plate makes recommendations for how to reshape the food system so that healthy diets are affordable, appealing and convenient for all. Preventing marketing unhealthy food to children, supporting public health in the Agriculture Bill, encouraging industry to create healthier products and harnessing the power of public procurement to deliver healthier meals in hospitals, schools and prisons would all help to put the right food on UK tables in order to support rather than harm public health. The report also calls for the Government and businesses to develop a bold vision for tackling the problem, and identifies cross-departmental accountability as crucial to reducing diet-related illness and health inequalities.

Read the full report here.