Poverty could make four million of our children sick warn paediatricians – and toll could shoot up in next three years : Mirror

Housing problems and homelessness were a concern for two thirds polled and over 60% said food insecurity contributed to ill health among children they treat.

Poverty is making children sick, according to two thirds of paediatricians.

Latest figures show four million British kids are mired in poverty-stricken families – and forecasts suggest the shameful toll could rocket to five million by 2020.

Poverty and low income contribute “very much” to youngsters’ ill health,

according to more than two-thirds of experts surveyed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Child Poverty Action Group.

Housing problems and homelessness were a concern for two thirds of paediatricians polled, and more than 60% said food insecurity contributed to ill health among children they treat.

The report reveals otherwise healthy children are at risk of becoming ill due to poor nutrition and cold, and cramped housing conditions caused by poverty.

Campaigners urged the next Government to tackle health inequalities or risk a time bomb of health problems for future generations.

READ MORE : MIRROR

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