'Malnourished generation' warning by public health experts

Many people do not have enough income for a healthy diet, public health experts have claimed in an open letter to the prime minister.

The letter pointed to rising food prices, falling wages and a boom in food banks as proof.

Professor John Ashton from the Faculty of Public Health said an independent panel was needed to advise on nutrition and hunger in the UK.

''If the current trends go on, we are going to have a malnourished generation,'' he said.