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May 16, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(3):261-262. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690030061016

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Britain's Diet Under Survey.  —Rich and poor are eating much more nearly alike than before the war, states the first annual report of the National Food Survey Committee under the Ministry of Food. The information in the 131 page report was obtained from housewives who entered all food purchases and gifts in logs supplied by the committee. They represented a cross section of the population. The committee graded families as follows: class 3, in which the income exceeds £13 ($36.40), a week; class B, £8 ($22.40) to £13 ($36.40); class C, £4 10s. ($12.60) to £8 ($22.40); and class D less than £4 10s. ($12.60). Class A families spent an average of 21s.4d. ($3) per person weekly on food in 1950. The corresponding amount for class D was 15s.3d. ($2.14) and for old age pensioners' households 15s. ($2.10).The committee made an approximate comparison with the situation before the last

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