Mrs Beckett said: "As an industry the food sector has a significant role to play in achieving a sustainable future for this country.
Nothing about achieving sustainable health and nutrition! The Government claims a higher GDP, better economy yet the inequality of health is worse than in 1973 when the incidence of low birthweight was 6.6%. According to the 2005 UNICEF report, it is now 8%.
This is unacceptable in one of the richest countries in the world.
- Low birthweight is the strongest, single predictor of cerebral palsy, cognitive and or behavioural disorders at school age, chronic ill health and subsequent risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke in adults.
- Low birthweight breeds poverty in a cycle of deprivation. Poverty breeds anti-social behaviour and crime.
Dr. Michael A. Crawford, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, FRCPath
Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition.