There are many different religious and faith groups in Hackney, where food is a focus of celebrations (for example Purim is celebrated by Jewish residents and Eid marks the end of a month of fasting for Muslim residents).  In some of these communities, food behaviours (such as fasting) have great significance.

A 2010 survey of the Orthodox Jewish community in Hackney (sample size 302) found that almost two thirds (62%) of respondents met the ‘5-a-day’ guidance. These data suggests higher compliance with the ‘5-a-day’ guidance than local or national comparisons, but care should be taken when interpreting findings from these different source. 2

References

  1. The Charlotte Street Agency, “Stamford Hill Charedi Community Health and Wellbeing Needs Assessment for NHS City and Hackney,” The Charlotte Street Agency, London , 2010.
  2. The Charlotte Street Agency, “Stamford Hill Charedi Community Health and Wellbeing Needs Assessment for NHS City and Hackney,” The Charlotte Street Agency, London , 2010.