The latest wave of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food and You 2 survey, conducted between April and July 2022, shows that most people surveyed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had made changes to their eating habits in the last year, with financial reasons being the biggest driver.
Findings from the survey  show that the most common changes people have made to their eating habits include eating out less and eating fewer takeaways; cooking and eating at home more; buying items on special offer more; and changing what and where they buy to cheaper alternatives. The latest figures from this survey indicate that 20% of households across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now food insecure. In simple terms, food insecurity means having limited or uncertain access to adequate food. This is the highest reported level of food insecurity since tracking began in 2020.
This research also reveals that food prices are the top concern for people (66%), with food waste (60%) and the amount of sugar in food (59%) also featuring in the top three prompted concerns. This survey is an official statistic and measures self-reported knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to food safety and other food issues. Fieldwork for Food and You 2: Wave 5 was conducted between 26 April and 24 July 2022. A total of 6,770 adults from 4,727 households across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland took part.