Playing the usual adding up something bad, over several years, four on this occasion, to get a big number, the Herald comes up with thousands. Greater Glasgow and Clyde had 3 895 from 2018 to 2022.
It’s bad I know, but to put it all in context:
First, child poverty even before the recent hikes in the Child Payment, unique to Scotland, to £25 per child per week, child poverty was already 50% more common in England: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/poverty-scotland-2021
Second, malnutrition occurs among children whose families are not in poverty. For example:
- long-term conditions that cause loss of appetite, feeling sick, vomiting and/or changes in bowel habit (such as diarrhoea) – these include cancer, liver disease and some lung conditions (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- mental health conditions, such as depression or schizophrenia, which may affect your mood and desire to eat
- conditions that disrupt your ability to digest food or absorb nutrients, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- dementia, which can cause a person to neglect their wellbeing and forget to eat
- an eating disorder, such as anorexia
You can also become malnourished if your body needs an increased amount of energy – for example, if you’re healing after surgery or a serious injury such as a burn, or if you have involuntary movements such as a tremor.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/malnutrition/causes/
Despite being considered prosperous nations, developed countries still face the difficulty of illness caused by poor nutrition. A lot of this comes down to poor diet, excessive fat intake and low fruit and vegetable intake.
I don’t have the percentage of admissions not due to poverty and food shortages but professional journalism would require that data, to be worthy of a headline.