Figures reveal higher than average number of takeaways in Tower Hamlets borough
PUBLISHED: 16:18 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 28 July 2017
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The number of takeaways in Tower Hamlets is significantly higher than the average local authority, a study has shown.
Research from Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) revealed the borough has 1.56 takeaways per 1,000 people - and the number is rising.
At the moment, 23 per cent of the borough’s food outlets - or 397 out of 1,728 - are takeaways.
This has increased by 7pc in the last three years when there were 371 takeaways.
The statistics, analysed by the Guardian at a national level, found takeaway fast food shops in England had increased by 8pc in the last three years and some of the heaviest concentrations were in England’s most deprived areas.
Dr Thomas Burgoine, CEDAR research associate, said: “This is concerning, as research increasingly shows that neighbourhood access to takeaway food outlets is linked to what we eat, what we weigh, and our health.”
Tower Hamlets Council has become one of the first in London to sign a local government charter to reduce sugar, child obesity and dental decay as the borough has some of the highest number of overweight youngsters in the country.
Although the East End has seen a decline in obesity among children aged four to five in the last nine years, the proportion of overweight or obese 10 to 11-year-olds has increased to 42pc - the London average is 37pc.
A council spokeswoman said: “We are concerned at the dominance of takeaways in the borough and their impact on health, particularly for younger residents.
“As well as tackling the number of fast food outlets – this includes taking into account how many schools are nearby when planning consent is being sought for a new business – we also want to improve the quality of foods being served in them.”
In comparison, 27pc of neighbouring borough Newham’s food outlets are takeaways and the number increased by 7pc in the last three years.
Meanwhile, one third of food outlets in Barking and Dagenham are takeaways - a 7pc rise in three years.