Worry as num­ber of take­aways rises

Num­ber of obese peo­ple above na­tional av­er­age

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­dan Barlow

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

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