Half of the UK population has reported buying less food when shopping in recent weeks, as food price inflation puts increasing pressure on British households.
According to survey results from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the rising cost of living has caused Britons to cut back on their spending on food.
The ONS survey, which sampled nearly 3,000 people over the two weeks to Jan. 29, shed light on food insecurity in the UK, which refers to households unable to get enough food to live a healthy life.
Half of the adults who took part in the survey said they were buying less when food shopping, as price rises took a toll on British households.
Around a tenth of adults reported that they often or sometimes run out of food and could not afford to buy more in the past month, the ONS found.
Some 13 percent said they had cut down meal size or skipped meals in the past month because there was not enough money for food. About a fifth of those adults said they had done so for more than a fortnight in the month.
More than a quarter said they often or sometimes could not afford to eat a balanced diet.
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