Inequalities in diet and physical activity

Public Health England have released a briefing paper showing that people of lower socioeconomic status tend to eat less healthy diets and are less physically active than those who have a higher socioeconomic position.

35% of those in a higher income category eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day while only 20% of those in the lower categories meet this recommendation. It was also found that those most affluent 10% of households spent less on processed meat and more on unprocessed meat and fish than the least affluent 10% of households.

With regard physical activity 43% of those in a higher income category take part in at least 30 minutes of sport per week compared to 27% of those in lower categories.

Some possible causes of these inequalities are:

  1. low income households may be less likely to have disposable income for non-essential costs such as leisure-time physical activity and are also likely to be affected by any increases in food prices compared with higher income groups.
  2. areas of greater deprivation have reduced access to environments that support physical activity such as parks, gardens or safe areas for play, and are more likely to have transport environments less amenable to active travel.
  3. lower educational attainment associated with poorer diet and lower physical activity levels. 


Posted: 13/11/2013 08:48:18 by Laura Keaver


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