Is Mass Malnutrition Coming to the U.S.?

December 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM Leave a comment

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Here’s a shocking article about how austerity cuts are affecting the health of folks in the U.K.:

 

Malnutrition a Public Health Emergency, Experts Warn

Malnutrition is something most of us associate with the third world or even the world of Dickens. But new figures show hospital admissions in England have nearly doubled in the last five years.

A group of scientists and public health experts is warning the rise is evidence of a “public health emergency” which could be linked to changes to benefits.”

They cite government statistics that show there were 5,500 hospital admissions for malnutrition between 2012 and 2013 compared to just over 3,000 in 2008.

They also point to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that found families were buying cheaper more unhealthy food.

This has all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late.

Letter to the British Medical Journal

In a letter to the British Medical Journal, David Taylor-Robinson from the University of Liverpool and six other academics warn: “This has all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventive action.”

They say they are particularly worried about the number of children with malnutrition because it can cause cardiovascular and other chronic diseases in adulthood.

They believe the rise in cases of malnutrition, and the increase in the use of food banks, could be linked to welfare reform.

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So, that’s austerity, U.K-style.

Meanwhile, this is what’s happening here in the U.S.:

 

Meanwhile, there may be no way to prevent Congress from allowing 1.3 million people to lose their unemployment benefits, or reversing the sharp cuts to food stamps, which are one of the most destructive forms of austerity. (In fact, Republicans demand much, much greater cuts to food stamps.)

As the CNN report says, the ostensible reason to cut spending and/or raise taxes is to keep the budget deficit low. But government borrowing costs are still near historic lows, and the budget deficit is plummeting like a stone. Meanwhile, unemployment is still high, inflation is still low, and hysteresis is turning unemployment into long-run structural damage.

Overall, the austerity binge has cost the economy about 3 million jobs at this point. Put simply, this is insane, and there is no sign Congress will stop it anytime soon.

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I volunteer at a food bank.  Food banks in the area just held their big annual food drive.  We collected something like 6,000 pounds less than we did last year.  Last year we collected roughly 13,000 pounds less than the year before that.  At some point, food banks are going to get crushed under the weight of so many starving people and hey, maybe then we should get together with the U.K. and have a malnurishathon.

Geezus.  I think it’s immoral to cut services to the poorest, most desperate segments of a society.

USA, USA, USA!

 

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