Poorer Areas More Likely to be Filled With Junk Food Shops

By Gary Cutlack on at

Data analysing the spread of junk food shops around the UK has found that they're much more likely to be concentrated in the poorer and more deprived parts of the country, making it harder for the less well off and their kids to avoid the tempting aromas of bread and potatoes being fried up.

The data comes from Public Health England, which found that 17 per cent of junk food shops are located in what it describes as the most deprived areas of the country, with just 3 per cent housed in the least deprived. So if your child walks home through Blackpool -- home to the most deprived areas of the country according to PHE -- he or she is going to be tempted by loads more poorly spelt signs promising chips in rolls than a posh kid strolling home through a gentrified home counties high street, where the only temptation is to buy a whitewashed upcycled vintage wardrobe for £460, or remortgage with a building society.

PHE nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone thinks councils should do more to eliminate such junk food hotspots, saying: "Local authorities have the power to help shape our environment and support people in making healthier choices. They need to question whether these fast food hotspots are compatible with their work to help families and young children live healthier lives." [GOV via BBC]