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One third of food outlets in Barking and Dagenham are takeaways

PUBLISHED: 12:14 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 28 July 2017

Top Chicken takeaway in Porters Avenue, Dagenham.

Top Chicken takeaway in Porters Avenue, Dagenham.

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A study has revealed takeaways make up one third of food outlets in the borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Research from Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) found 219 out of 657 eateries in the borough are takeaways.

There are also 1.18 takeaways per 1,000 people, which is slightly higher than the average local authority.

Barking and Dagenham became the first council in the country to introduce a fast food cap in 2010.

The move was designed to tackle its rising obesity levels and below-average life expectancy.

However the figures from CEDAR show that there has been nearly a seven per cent increase in the borough’s takeaways over the last three years.

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.”

A Barking and Dagenham Council spokesman said: “The council’s policy to restrict the growth of takeaways has been highly successful.

“Since its introduction seven years ago, only two new outlets have received planning permission.

“However we realise we need to do more to combat obesity levels and help our residents get healthier and fitter.

“It’s why we have launched our healthy weight campaign which is geared to offering families fun ways of getting more active and healthy.”

Takeaways have been defined for the data as “food outlets where hot food is primarily ordered and paid for at the till, with no waiter service, and limited or no sit-in option”.

In comparison, 27pc of neighbouring borough Newham’s food outlets are takeaways - 413 out of 1,506 - an increase of 7pc in the last three years while in Tower Hamlets, the data showed takeaways make up 23pc of the borough’s food outlets.

Click here to learn more about Barking and Dagenham’s latest healthy weight campaign.

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