Nutrition during the cost-of-living crisis


As increasing inflation is leading to a continual rise in food prices, with financial forecasts predicting the situation to only worsen, there are growing reports of families struggling to feed themselves and their children.


There is a worrying trend of decreasing diet quality across the UK during the cost-of-living crisis. Proper nutrition for the whole family helps deliver vital nutrients that support proper growth and maintenance of the human body. In early years, proper nutrition plays a key role in the physical and mental development of children. In children under two years old, nutrient deficiencies can lead to irreversible permanent mental and physical damage (1000 DAYS, 2022). In addition to this, poor quality diets in infancy are associated with extra weight by the time school age is reached, which can lead to obesity in later life (Okubo et al., 2015).


Eating a balanced diet during these unprecedented times is not an easy task, but it is an important one.


Below is a range of different organisations that have a wide range of useful information – from eating well on a budget to what nutrition is.


First Steps Nutrition Trust:


Better Health Healthier Families:


British Dietetic Association: Eat well, spend less:


Seasonal Fruit and Veg guide:


British Heart Foundation: Eating healthy on a tight budget:

Age UK: Eating well affordably:


Community Pantry Schemes and Food banks:


How to eat well as an older person who is underweight:


Love Food Hate Waste:


Eatwell Guide:


Coeliac UK: keeping a balanced diet:


Vegetarian Eatwell Guide:


Vegan Eatwell Guide: 

Video: Eatwell Guide:


Video: Eatwell Guide alternatives:


Written by our volunteer, Becky Butler



1,000 Days. (2022). Issues - 1,000 Days. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Sep. 2022].

Okubo, H., Crozier, S.R., Harvey, N.C., Godfrey, K.M., Inskip, H.M., Cooper, C. and Robinson, S.M. (2015). Diet quality across early childhood and adiposity at 6 years: the Southampton Women’s Survey. International Journal of Obesity, [online] 39(10), pp.1456–1462. doi:10.1038/ijo.2015.97.