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Since 2008 food spending fails to keep pace with rising food prices and nutritional quality of calories falls / Long term decline in calorie purchases despite increase in calories from eating out, snacks and soft drinks

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These are the key headlines from two new pieces of research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and due to be presented today as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Briefing note
In this briefing note, we document how the food purchases of households in the UK have changed over the recent period of recession and food price rises.
Briefing note
There has been a marked increase in body weight across much of the developed world. This has taken place, even though data suggest that there has not been an increase in calories consumed. This leads to a puzzle. If calories are declining, why are people gaining weight?