Health without Wealth – Leeds Museum 06/12/13

Better Lives Leeds have done a write up

The Health and Wellbeing Board are actively trying to find ways to reduce the gap in health outcomes in the city between the best off and worst off parts of Leeds and to support more people back into work and healthy employment.  35,000 children are living in poverty in Leeds and a life expectancy gap of 12 years between the most and least deprived wards in the city is unacceptable.  The effect of poverty on the health of residents of all ages is a real and major challenge which we are committed to tackling, taking ownership of the important decisions which will make this happen and making sure that those who use our services and need our support are actively engaged with what we do.1

A recent BMJ article 2 stresses that food poverty should not become the next public health emergency even thought the signs are beginning to show. In Leeds, Leeds Council say there has been a record high in people asking for housing advice over the last year. There are foodbanks in Leeds in North, South, East and West with others currently being opened in Meanwood, Headingley, Morley and other areas.

A shocking 27,000 people across Leeds were estimated to be suffering from or at risk of clinical nutrition said health professionals in the city last year.3


1. Better Lives Leeds (2013) Health Without Wealth, Better Lives blog, available at http://betterlivesleeds.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/health-without-wealth/
2. Robinson DT (2013) The rise of food poverty in the UK, BMJ 2013;347:f7157
3. Void J (2013) Welfare Reform blamed for soaring malnutrition, The Void, available at http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/welfare-reform-blamed-for-soaring-malnutrition/

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