People on low incomes have similar diets to the rest of the population, a Food Standards Agency study has found.

The study, involving more than 3,500 people over a 15 month period, found no direct link between diet, income, food access or cooking skills.

However, the general population is not eating as healthily as it should be, the study found. Sixty two per cent of men and 63% of women were found to be obese, while less than 10% of those who took part in the survey ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.