“The fundamental molecules of their body are changed by living in poverty” – asthma and other ‘epigenetic’ changes in children linked to poverty, malnutrition and unhealthy diet
Last week, the SKWAWKBOX advertised last night’s Skwawk Talk on the Socialist Telly channel as containing ‘mind-blowing’ revelations of the impact of poverty and hunger on children’s development and life chances – even at a molecular level. The trailer did not go far enough.
On Monday evening, Liverpool paediatrics professor and consultant Ian Sinha spoke in harrowing detail about the effects of poverty, hunger and poor diet on children – and told how it even changes the very DNA that will affect them at a molecular level for life:
SInha went on to explain how these ‘epigenetic’ changes increase levels of asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as other illnesses – and can take years off a child’s life, as well as impacting on what they can make of the years they do have – and was followed by working-class Labour MP Ian Byrne, who spoke about his ‘Right to Food’ campaign to enshrine the right to a healthy diet in the laws of the UK.
Listen to the whole discussion below – and don’t forget to sign Byrne’s ‘Right to Food’ petition:
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