How we have changed our eating habits in last ten years and how financial crisis affects what we eat

 A Department of Health fights for sugar tax. The number of England obese population is constatnly increasing.  There is 19% of obese children in age of ten and 10% in age of 5 year old. There is rapidly more obese women then men. We waste about 20% less food since 2007. UK households thrown away 4.2 million tonnes of food and drink annually. So have we changed are eating habits in last ten years and did financial crisis in 2007 affect our relationship with food?

In 2012 average UK household consumed weekly 700 ml per person which is less alcohol than in 2002, 726 ml. In 2007 the consummation increased to 772 ml. People drunk 318 ml of beer less per week than 10 years ago, but we drunk more of unspecified alcohol.  In year of financial crisis UK household increase consummation of fruit, vegetable and meat. The fruit and vegetable increased from 3180 g per person in 2002 to 3202 g in 2007. A household member ate averagely 39 g of meat less in 2012, 196 g, than in 2007, 235 g and 2002, 230 g.

Consummation of semi skimmed milk has increased in 2012 about 7% from 2007 and 14% from 2002. That’s probably why each person ate 16 g of cereals more in 2007 than in 2002, 515 g per person, and 21 g more in 2012, 546 g.

Almost 14% of England adult (16 years) population is overweight and 23% is obese.  Only 35% has healthy weight. APS (Active people survey). In despite of increasing obesity, British people eat less bread and fat (not rapidly) than ten years ago.  People ate about 19% less bread in 2012 than in 2002. It means that in 2012 just one person ate 10 loafs of bread less than in 2002! Consumers prefer white bread from brown. People also ate 12 g less fat in 2012 than in 2002, which doesn’t seems much, but in every week consummation, it makes 624 g difference. It’s about 1.4 lb of fat less.

Quantity of food and drink purchased for UK households
averages per person per week
Source: Defra

Food consumation