Takeaways glut not sole obesity culprit

The Argus: Takeaways glut not sole obesity culprit Takeaways glut not sole obesity culprit

BRIGHTON and Hove has one of the highest concentrations of takeaways in the country.

Nutrition groups fear the glut of fast food premises in the city – one for every 768 residents – could be contributing to the obesity crisis.

The latest data shows that Brighton and Hove has the fourth highest proportion of fast food premises in Britain – more than London or Glasgow.

According to the Health Survey for England, 50,000, or 20.2%, of adults in Brighton and Hove are obese, at an estimated cost to NHS in Brighton and Hove of £78.1 million in 2010.

All takeaways have to be licensed by Brighton and Hove City Council.

A council spokesman said: “A recent healthy eating study concluded that fast food outlets or hot-food premises are only part of the problem and that non-hot-food premises such as supermarkets and newsagents are making a more significant contribution to the offer of unhealthy foods.

“For this reason, the council’s planning experts concluded that using planning control regulations just for fast-food outlets was not the answer to the problem.”

He added that despite a national picture of rising obesity the national weight measurement programme for children aged five to 11 has not shown an increasing trend in obesity in the city.

Brighton and Hove director of public health Dr Tom Scanlon said reducing obesity “is a high priority”.

“The role that fast food outlets or supermarkets and newsagents play in promoting obesity is just one area where we are working hard to improve the situation so for example we’re talking with retailers near schools to offer healthier options.

“With more than 8 million visitors a year it’s no surprise that Brighton and Hove has a high proportion of fast food outlets per resident – particularly in the city centre and on the seafront.

“But we recognise that more has to be done to improve the food on sale from both large retailers and newsagents as well as fast food outlets, particularly around schools.”

He added: “To tackle this we are working with hot food takeaways to improve menus, use of ingredients and portion sizes and are also engaging with larger retailers to improve the offer of healthier options, particular around schools in the city.”

Weight Watchers found Brighton and Hove ranked only lower than Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh for the number of takeaways, cafes and coffee shops per head.

The slimming group branded the worst affected areas “toxic cities” in the battle against obesity because of the availability of “food porn”.

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1:12pm Fri 4 Jan 13

heartthrob says...

Why do all of the take away outlets look so crass? They shouldnt all need to be dayglow, perhaps they can take a leaf out of the stylish pizza takeaway in Kemp Town Village that has prices to reflect its tasteful decorations but does a hearty trade based on quality ingredients and tasteful decor.

It shouldnt always be a race to the bottom (perhaps quite literally)
Why do all of the take away outlets look so crass? They shouldnt all need to be dayglow, perhaps they can take a leaf out of the stylish pizza takeaway in Kemp Town Village that has prices to reflect its tasteful decorations but does a hearty trade based on quality ingredients and tasteful decor. It shouldnt always be a race to the bottom (perhaps quite literally) heartthrob

2:18pm Fri 4 Jan 13

city-boy says...

heartthrob wrote:
Why do all of the take away outlets look so crass? They shouldnt all need to be dayglow, perhaps they can take a leaf out of the stylish pizza takeaway in Kemp Town Village that has prices to reflect its tasteful decorations but does a hearty trade based on quality ingredients and tasteful decor. It shouldnt always be a race to the bottom (perhaps quite literally)
At last an intelligent comment.

Very well put.
[quote][p][bold]heartthrob[/bold] wrote: Why do all of the take away outlets look so crass? They shouldnt all need to be dayglow, perhaps they can take a leaf out of the stylish pizza takeaway in Kemp Town Village that has prices to reflect its tasteful decorations but does a hearty trade based on quality ingredients and tasteful decor. It shouldnt always be a race to the bottom (perhaps quite literally)[/p][/quote]At last an intelligent comment. Very well put. city-boy

2:27pm Fri 4 Jan 13

cwo1993 says...

It's the lack of exercise people get that causes obesity. You can't just blame fast food outlets, they don't force people to live a sedentary lifestyle.
It's the lack of exercise people get that causes obesity. You can't just blame fast food outlets, they don't force people to live a sedentary lifestyle. cwo1993

2:55pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

Kebab knight on Lewes road does the best fried chicken. Buddies is good as is the Ladies Mile Tandoori. Britain loves takeaways, its a fact. Just make sure you go to the gym after a big takeaway!!
Kebab knight on Lewes road does the best fried chicken. Buddies is good as is the Ladies Mile Tandoori. Britain loves takeaways, its a fact. Just make sure you go to the gym after a big takeaway!! Hoarder12345444

3:11pm Fri 4 Jan 13

MzEden1 says...

I've got about 15 different take away venues with a 10 min walk of my house but I haven't noticed anyone forcing me to use them!
As most of them deliver, people will have a takeaway when they want one regardless of where it's situated.
I've got about 15 different take away venues with a 10 min walk of my house but I haven't noticed anyone forcing me to use them! As most of them deliver, people will have a takeaway when they want one regardless of where it's situated. MzEden1

3:23pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

Why do so many takeaways have such amusing names?
Why do so many takeaways have such amusing names? Crystal Ball

3:25pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Algeria Touchshriek says...

We don't have takeawy's that often as Mrs Touchriek is an excellent cook. But i do enjoy a nice bag (moreover box nowadays) of good old fish and chips.

Mrs Touchshriek's favourite takeaway in order:

1. Fancy Thai muck
2. Fish and Chips
3. Chinese
4. Indian
5. Proper Kebab (shish)

Mrs Touchshriek does lend herself to beefburgers or Kentucky Fried Chicken.

She would rather starve than eat Kentucky!!
We don't have takeawy's that often as Mrs Touchriek is an excellent cook. But i do enjoy a nice bag (moreover box nowadays) of good old fish and chips. Mrs Touchshriek's favourite takeaway in order: 1. Fancy Thai muck 2. Fish and Chips 3. Chinese 4. Indian 5. Proper Kebab (shish) Mrs Touchshriek does lend herself to beefburgers or Kentucky Fried Chicken. She would rather starve than eat Kentucky!! Algeria Touchshriek

4:03pm Fri 4 Jan 13

GIVE UP says...

Why aren't these takeaways checked out by the councils health and hygiene,l walk passed lots of kebab shops at all different times of the day and see the same elephant leg on display for several days and I'm amazed that no ones reported them for food poisoning
Why aren't these takeaways checked out by the councils health and hygiene,l walk passed lots of kebab shops at all different times of the day and see the same elephant leg on display for several days and I'm amazed that no ones reported them for food poisoning GIVE UP

4:17pm Fri 4 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

I wouldnt risk getting food from these places. They look mucky.
I wouldnt risk getting food from these places. They look mucky. sussexram40

5:04pm Fri 4 Jan 13

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

They will all be closing down along Lewes road and Coombe Terrace soon when the Greens have narrowed the road and banned parking and put those beloved cycle lanes in
They will all be closing down along Lewes road and Coombe Terrace soon when the Greens have narrowed the road and banned parking and put those beloved cycle lanes in PETE OF QUEENS PARK

5:24pm Fri 4 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote:
They will all be closing down along Lewes road and Coombe Terrace soon when the Greens have narrowed the road and banned parking and put those beloved cycle lanes in
Good. They stay open very late and result in low lifes hanging around.
[quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: They will all be closing down along Lewes road and Coombe Terrace soon when the Greens have narrowed the road and banned parking and put those beloved cycle lanes in[/p][/quote]Good. They stay open very late and result in low lifes hanging around. sussexram40

5:24pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

I had a Kentucky fried chicken "meal" once, in 1979. I have never had another one since.
I had a Kentucky fried chicken "meal" once, in 1979. I have never had another one since. Sussex jim

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