Worry as number of takeaways rises
Number of obese people above national average
The number of f ast- f ood takeaways in the borough has grown by 13% in the past three years, a study shows.
The University of Cambridge’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research has highlighted the changes in food restaurants across the country.
Researchers have found that in Ashford, the number of fast food takeaways has risen from 75 to 85 in the past three years.
The study also shows a rise in the number of fast-food outlets in more deprived areas of the country, which is also reflected in Ashford, where the number of outlets has increased in poorer wards like the town centre and in South Ashford.
This week, another kebab shop has opened its doors in Tufton Street in the town centre, after being converted from an off-licence and convenience shop.
The study emerged after health experts in Ashford admitted that more needs to be done to tackle obesity in the town.
According to the Ashford Health and Wellbeing Board, the number of children who are obese at the age of five continues to rise, with more 26% of children classed as having excess weight, compared with the national average of 22.1%.
Meanwhile the number of overweight or obese adults in Ashford is still above the national average, with 66% recorded as hav- ing excess weight, compared with the national figure of 65%.
The board has noted that some organisations can now provide training to help people lose weight but said the “delivery of the training has not been successful”.
Yet the board did point to the success of the One You shop in Park Mall shopping centre, which has helped more than 300 people with advice and interventions as part of the popular Weigh to Go service.
The board noted: “Further local community engagement work is planned to better understand attitudes and behaviours of Ashford residents most at risk of obesity and to identify motivators that may encourage overweight adults to access healthy weight support.” The number of fast-food takeaways in Ashford borough has grown by 13% in three years