Over half of the children surveyed said they had bought fast food or fizzy drinks from takeaway shops at least twice in the last week, with 10% admitting that they ate takeaway food everyday.
Junk food consumption was particularly high amongst black and Asian children.
A massive 70% of black children and 54% of Asian children said they regularly ate takeaway food at least twice a week.
Abdul Asad, lead member for health and wellbeing in the area, said “[The council] has launched a range of programmes to ensure that the borough is doing everything possible to tackle the problem of unhealthy diets amongst young people. These initiatives have been extremely successful and we will continue in our efforts to ensure young people enjoy a more healthy life.”
The findings, involving 193 school children between the ages of 11 and 14, have been published in the British Medical Journal.
The research was funded in part by the NHS in a bid to get to the root of the area’s on-going problems with childhood obesity, something that is thought to be strongly related to areas of deprivation.
There are 40 takeaway shops located within close proximity of every school in the area, with a massive 97% of all residents living no more than 10 minutes walking distance from a fast food outlet.
The borough Mayor Lutfur Rahman has pledged to work harder with the NHS to tackle the problems highlighted by the report.
Childhood obesity is a massive problem in all areas of the UK and greater measures need to be taken to prevent and treat a problem that’s quickly getting out of hand.
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