What will the cost of living crisis do to our health?

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Millions around the world are struggling with higher food and energy prices. In the UK inflation has reached a 40-year high of 9% in the 12 months to April, leaving many struggling to pay bills and shoulder normal living costs. When the weekly shop gets smaller and the flat gets colder, it’s our health that suffers.

Madeleine Finlay speaks to health inequity expert Prof Michael Marmot about the ways poverty makes you sicker and why falling income is so bad for the country’s health. This cost of living crisis could be “austerity squared”, he warns.

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  • Michael Marmot is a professor of epidemiology and director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London
  • You can read Michael Marmot’s opinion piece on the health impacts of the cost of living crisis here
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Image shows a woman, Caroline, and her young son Joshua at Eastmoor Community Project at a community pantry or food bank in Wakefield, England
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