In the UK, there is an abundance of convenience food available, with a 50% increase in quick-service restaurants (takeaways) in the past 10 years. 3

Hackney has almost 300 takeaway outlets, which were identified from an analysis based on 2014 data. 4  These outlets are concentrated in the borough’s main town centres and areas where there is a busy night-time economy (see Figure 2).

Many food outlets and supermarkets within the City of London focus on selling to daytime workers, with an emphasis on supplying relatively expensive ready meals and single items of takeaway fruit and vegetables, which do not meet the needs of families residing in the City.

Figure 2: Density of fast-food outlets in Hackney (2014)

Figure 2: Density of fast-food outlets in Hackney (2014)

 

References

  1. The Food Foundation, “Force-Fed. Does the food system constrict healthy choices for typical British families?,” 2016
  2. Public Health England, “Obesity and data tools-Fast food outlets by local authority,” 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.noo.org.uk/visualisation. [Accessed November 2016]
  3. The Food Foundation, “Force-Fed. Does the food system constrict healthy choices for typical British families?,” 2016
  4. Public Health England, “Obesity and data tools-Fast food outlets by local authority,” 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.noo.org.uk/visualisation. [Accessed November 2016]