The “Broken Plate”: How Health Inequalities and Food Poverty are Driving Chronic Disease Rates in Britain ( 1 CME Point).

Event Dates:

7:00 pm Monday 4th Dec 2023

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Alice Benskin


Alice has a BSc and MSc in Nutrition, and has worked over the past 10 years in the food industry, agriculture, nutrition education and research, most recently at University of Oxford where she was on placement pre pandemic, investigating breast and bottle feeding nutrition and nociception in neonates. She is a registered nutritionist with Association for Nutrition in the domain of Nutrition Science, and currently an MSc Psychology student at University of Wolverhampton. She has a keen interest and passion for research in the areas of nutritional psychiatry and psychotraumatology, and works in a freelance capacity as a Nutritional Scientist, doing consultancy work, as well as volunteering as a career development advisor for newly graduated nutritionists and dietitians looking to work in industry and research. Alice is head of partnerships for Nutritank, co supervises the university placement students with our lead dietitian and serves as a representative for the nutrition implementation coalition. She also volunteers as part of Nutritank’s writing and research teams. Aside from Nutritank, Alice is a vicar’s wife, a mum to three small children, a yoga teacher and plays for her local ladies’ football team. Overall, her ambition is to empower others to live healthier lives using nutrition and lifestyle strategies, contribute to the field of nutritional psychiatry as a researcher, and see more women empowered to pursue careers in research and education in the field of nutritional science.


In June 2023 The Food Foundation published the “Broken Plate” report. This lecture will explore:

  • How the cost-of-living crisis and health inequalities in the UK is driving increases chronic disease risk and incidence, in often Britain’s most vulnerable individuals and communities.
  • Ways of supporting individuals to make positive dietary modifications on a small budget

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand key outcomes from the Broken Plate report and other relates government and charity documents regarding the impact of the cost of living on health inequalities and disease incidence
  • To explore the complex drivers of the current situation and potential solutions
  • To contextualise in three case studies how to support individuals with various health concerns, who have been deeply impacted by food insecurity and poverty in the UK
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