Scientific Programme Organisers: 

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)

With almost a quarter of state-funded school children now eligible for free school meals, use of food banks at unprecedented levels, and many households facing ‘heat or eat’ economic choices, many families may be unable to access a diet that is adequate to support health and development. This is especially concerning for children, although, with life expectancy already falling in more deprived areas of the country for the first time on record, the health of many age groups could be adversely affected.

Expert speakers from health professions, academia and charities will inform you on the latest evidence on the extent of food insecurity and dietary inequality in the UK, the relationships with national and international food policies, and the likely impacts on health. This event will equip you with an awareness of the issues and possible solutions so that you can detect and act on dietary inequalities on behalf of your patients and clients.

By attending, you will: 

  • Be made aware of how food insecurity affects health inequalities 
  • Understand national and international policies, systems and approaches to addressing food insecurity 
  • Recognise the challenges posed by food insecurity to health and well-being at the individual and household level 
  • Gain knowledge of how third sector organisations and local government support households experiencing food insecurity 
  • Understand ways to support children and families suffering from dietary inequalities