I would like to deal with an ongoing perception that British food is bad food.
This perception seems to be largely based on the state of British food seen by GIs during World War 2, when rationing was in effect. Food supplies were erratic, quality and freshness were erratic and sub-optimal, and this lead to food being boiled, fried, and generally horribly overcooked.
The habit of overcooking and badly cooking food has taken a couple of generations to break, lead by new chefs like Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, and the likes. They are returning British food to its historic roots of fresh, seasonal foods prepared simply and deliciously.
Sadly, there is not a lot that can be done to change the bad eating habits of people on low incomes, but the same can be said of low-income families in every country. Just give traditional British cooking a chance… you may be surprised!
And to deal with another myth… according to the OECD, the British have the best teeth in the entire OECD. So there!