UK's poor diet costs NHS £3 billion a year

July 19, 2002

The nation's poor diet could be costing the National Health Service as much as £3 billion a year, according to research from the University of Bristol.

In a report for Waitrose, Bristol's David Winter said the bill for the treatment of diet-related diseases could be reduced substantially with an investment in food education in the classroom. Waitrose is calling for £25 million - £2.50 a pupil - to be spent on improving dietary education.

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