As per an Evening Standard investigation, it has been revealed that child poverty has increased to a significant rate in London. There are thousands of children as young as five, who are starving on the streets of the country.
Camila Batmangelidjh, who is the founder of Kids Company, was of the view that as per their data, every week 2,000 children remain hungry for at least one main meal of the day. In addition, they have also found that more than 50% of children studying in primary schools go to bed without having their dinner.
After coming cross the startling figures, the Department of Health has raised concerns and has announced that health visitors will be inspecting houses and will be helping all those families, who need help.
Starving activity is taking a toll on the health of children, said charity heads. They further affirmed that initial years of life are health building years for a child. But starving activity is deteriorating their health as some of the children, who remain hungry for the whole day, are getting malnourished and other children are losing their adult teeth.
It has also been found that children keep on looking for food in bins. This satiates their hunger, but gifts them a lot many diseases. "We are struggling to cope with a silent epidemic of hunger and malnutrition. We see 70 new cases of children who self-refer every week, a third of whom need to eat immediately. These children are suffering unimaginable hardship", said Batmangelidjh.
She further affirmed that when children come to them, they have shrunken faces, dark circles around eyes and broken and decayed teeth and sallow skin. However, they make sure that they provide complete nutrition to them and take good care of them.