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UK takeaways increase 34% in eight years despite anti-obesity push

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that despite the government’s anti-obesity push, UK takeaways have increased by 34% between 2010 and 2018.

ONS statistics show that there is currently 61 takeaway restaurants per every 100,000 people in the UK. In 204 of the 215 UK areas, the ONS found the rate of takeaways per 100,000 people had increased. Those most exposed to takeaways are supposed to be twice as likely to be obese according to the ONS research.

Previous statistics have led councils to limit the opening or change the location of new takeaways in an attempt to stop clusters of restaurants opening near schools. The Local Government Association (LGA) said local councils needed “more planning powers” to thwart the “clustering of existing takeaways already open”.

Dr Thomas Burgoine, who researched the link between obesity and exposure to fast food, said: “It’s common for takeaways to represent a third and sometimes up to half of all the high street food available, reducing consumer choice. From a public health point of view, it should be healthy choices that are the easy choices. In many places we seem to be moving away from that.”

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