Rise of takeaways in England puts strain on public health, says CIEH

Publication Date: 25th July 2017

Subject: Public health

Following figures released by Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research (Cedar) indicating a rise in takeaways in England, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head of Policy, said: 

“The rise of fast food outlets in deprived areas not only contributes to heath issues, putting a further strain on the NHS, but has also for a number of years been squeezing out alternative food retailers. 

“While takeaways form an important part of the local economy, the accelerated growth of them highlights the failure of planning teams, especially in the more deprived areas, to consider the public’s health before granting consent. 

“For the sake of the nation’s health and wellbeing, we want to see all levels of government work together to encourage a more diverse local economy and recommend planning applications for fast food outlets close to schools and children’s playgrounds should be refused on public health grounds.” 

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Notes to editors  

For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org 

Link to Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research (Cedar) figures for number of takeaways in England:http://www.feat-tool.org.uk/   

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):    

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 7,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.  

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.   

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