8% of all shops in Lewisham are takeaways

The Office of the Mayor of London writes:

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is calling on Lewisham and other local authorities in the capital to help combat rising obesity by working with independent fast food takeaways to make their food healthier.

8.1 per cent of all shops in the borough of Lewisham are fast food outlets. Lewisham is one of 10 boroughs in the capital with the highest concentration of fast food takeaways and there are more than 8,000 fast food outlets in the capital - one for every 1,000 Londoners.

The Mayor is backing the Takeaways Toolkit - a new guide published by the London Food Board in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health - which sets out a range of ways that local authorities can tackle the impact of fast food on Londoners' health.

The concentration of fast food outlets and takeaways varies by local authority in England, with deprived areas having more fast food outlets per 100,000 of population. The average for England as a whole is 77.9 outlets per 100,000, but in London 25 London boroughs are average or above, 20 of those well above.

Currently there are an estimated 8,273 fast food takeaway shops in London, one for every 1,000 Londoners. Data analysed by the Greater London Authority suggests that the London boroughs with the highest concentration of fast food takeaways tend to also rank amongst the most deprived boroughs in the capital. Out of the top 10 boroughs for concentration of fast food takeaways seven feature in the top 10 for levels of deprivation.

One suggestion is for councils to work with takeaway owners to reduce the junk by cutting down on saturated fats, salt and sugar in their cooking and putting some low-fat foods on sale. One London takeaway dramatically cut the levels of saturated fat in its chips by switching from palm oil to rapeseed oil with the help of London's Healthier Catering Commitment and their local Environmental Health Officer.

The Takeaways Toolkit sets out how local authorities can develop supplementary planning guidance to restrict how many and where fast food outlets can be sited, and use regulatory measures, including those affecting street trading and the enforcement of environmental and waste regulations.

It also recommends measures schools can use, not just by supporting restrictions on takeaways, but by developing their own policies to encourage healthier eating by pupils. This can be as simple as improving the canteen environment, and using cashless systems to speed up queuing, which have been shown to encourage pupils to stay on site. Other ideas include introducing nutritious 'grab and go', or sandwich options, which are popular in secondary schools.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'As a city, as a nation, we are getting fatter. Just over a third of 10 and 11 year olds are overweight or obese, with numbers rising all time, contributing to a problem that costs the NHS as much as £4 billion annually. Through our grassroots sports programme, we are getting Londoners off the sofa and getting fit, but people also need to eat more healthily.

'We enjoy fast food, whilst takeaway businesses contribute to local economies. This guide shows how councils can manage the proliferation of takeaways across the capital, but also how by working with businesses as well as schools, we can all be served up much healthier tucker.'

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boris can talk about being fat !

Anonymous said...

That was a cheap and obvious shot!

Definately one of the more sensible initiatives that have been propodrd. I'm sick of the smell of fried chicken on buses and the grease on the handrails.

Let'shope it happens.

Brockley Nick said...

Cognitive dissonance for the "honest fare" brigade.

Boris = Legend
Sensible eating = Mung
Boris = Sensible Eating = Mung
Boris = Mung
Mung = Legend?!!?

Anonymous said...

Nick - yet again you try to understand the "honest fare brigade" and yet again you fall short. Go back to selling overpriced artisan craft-tat.

Anonymous said...

Nick = Servant of Mung

kolp said...

I knew this was coming. Government has been banging on about for ages.

Mb said...

May be a conflict if on one hand local authorities are being eviscerated by cuts, being constantly told that "red tape" and intervention are wrong and yet being told to intervene and police the takeaways. Confused messages.

By the way, nothing wrong with fried chicken, chips, kebabs... Just not so many!

Anonymous said...

Some quality restaurants in Lewisham might attract people from Blackheath and Greenwich to eat here. Maybe people from North London will even make the occasional visit. How jolly that will be.

Not sure where all the poor people will eat but who cares. They can move I guess and live in the fields.

Wendy said...

Yes we must consider the sad plight of the takeaway goer, who'll have nowhere to go! Oh hang on, there are hundreds of takeaways, which is what the story is about!

Anonymous said...


Better stop corner shops selling children sweets and fizzy drinks as well. We could keep the children in cages and feed them on locally-sourced chickpeas and lentils.

Personally, I think Boris' survey has been done on his big fat friends' children, 'cause nobody has weighed my child lately.

Anonymous said...

close the takeaways and make them into bookies instead

Anonymous said...

Assuming the council is doing its job and inspecting takeaways just like any other places that sells food so what?

Lewisham isn't Mayfair and its people enjoy a tasty and cheap honest takeaway.

Anonymous said...

If they were honest they would tell you how many calories and how much fat.

Fact is that most chicken takeaways are dishonest, the batter and flavouring hides low quality chicken of dubious provenance.

I doubt whether anything will come of this. Not enough inspectors to enforce anything.

Tressilliana said...

Very timely on a day when the Chief Medical Officer highlights the increase in liver disease due to obesity. Liver failure doesn't sound like a nice way to go.

Anonymous said...

Usual standard of comments

Anonymous said...

My issue is more with the types of chicken these shops use. Cheap cuts from caged chickens that have no real life and are killed 'Halal' which is a barbaric and cruel method to slater the animal. Fried chicken its self can be quite tasty if done right. Still reducing the amount of these shops on the whole would be a good idea but not all of them!

Ben H said...

Chicken shops sell pieces of whole jointed chickens. Hardly cheap cuts.

Not many restaurants and takeaways sell free range chicken. Most of the chicken sold in supermarkets is caged.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. You can buy a privately educated chicken from a high family if you want, but it's just a tax on dishonesty.

Anonymous said...

We have no fast food takeaways in Ladywell - all our establishments are of the highest quality and cooked all animals sold therein die a peaceful death from natural causes in their own beds with their family beside them.

Anonymous said...

An abundance of takeaways in Lewisham can only be a good thing.

We can't have the underprivileged being able to afford to eat in nice restaurants. It would be unsightly and there really wouldn't be enough room.

Anonymous said...

Aha, so this is really an argument about the oppression of the takeaway eating classes by a militant healthy eating tendency.

The rotund profile of the Mayor had me confused for a moment.

Anonymous said...

Ok for kebab shops, a shish or some pitta and humous might tick the box, however I can't wait to see what they think would be a healthy low fat option to offer alongside southern fried chicken & chips! I vote they enforce selling boneless chicken only I'm sick of dodging dropped thighs and wing bones all over the pavements and at bus stops.

Anonymous said...

@Ben H. The chicken these places sell is either pumped full of water or reconstituted eyeballs and arseholes. You get free range chicken at many good restaurants, butchers and most supermarkets. You do have to pay slightly more but it's worth it in my opinion. Far more tasty.

Anonymous said...

Anon, you are clearly a mungo who has never been to an honest takeaway, instead preferred deli rubbish that is pumped full of profit margin and reconstituted to be fed to arseholes.

You cant pump intact animals with water for christ's sake.

Ben H said...

Anon 19.45, I won't ridicule you anymore than Anon 21.09 already has.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Don't want to burst Anon's bubble that all take aways serve honestly sourced wholesome meat, or contravene Nick's libel policy, but I know of 2 suppliers to the take away trade who offer Brazilian Chicken Breasts. The beauty of these is that they are vac-packed to be stored at room temperature, thus avoiding import duties liable on chilled or frozen meat and providing meat reared more cheaply than in the EU. And, to achieve their shelf life, they are pumped with saline, about 33% of their weight in fact. You can similarly hydrate any meat to add bulk / preservatives, its very common in hams, bacons, sliced cold cuts meats, if you buy the source ingredient it will be apparent from the packaging. All perfectly legal. Not necessarily honest though as take aways are not obliged to tell you what you are eating, so you really couldn't know.
I await BDS comments on Brazilian Chickens, we haven't heard from them for a while.

Anonymous said...

Rather than wasting time and money on a toolkit, perhaps the council should consider not granting so many licences from crap takeaways.

Anonymous said...

Which takeaways in Brockley do folks consider to be "crap" then? And which are the ones you find acceptable?

Real reasons based on honest reviews please, not based on the construction of the sign or other nimby rubbish.

Tim said...

Pretty much 100% of outlets that sell hot food to be taken away sell unhealthy food. At least with Mcdonalds and Dominos and other well known brands, you get some sort of attempt at hygiene standards. I wouldn't feed my dog fried chicken (if I had a dog and it liked chicken). Basically, this Boris thing is a total waste of time and money, because eveyone knows in their heart of hearts that they shouldn't eat takeaways. But they do. Because they're lazy, and can't be bothered to cook. Even though it is perfectly possible to cook healthy cheap food with a bit of effort. So thanks, government. Yet again, you've decided to flush money down the toilet. It won't change anything but it makes our deficit just a tiny bit bigger.

Anonymous said...

What a miserable life some of you lot must leave, never being able to lower yourself to the point of ordering a takeaway. Wow. Bet you're fun at parties.

Anonymous said...

Fried chicken v bad for dogs because of bones splintering causing internal bleeds & choking, real issue round here with bone lobbing lunch time & after school fried chicken munchers. Only benefit of urban foxes is they clear them each night otherwise we'd be knee deep in 'em.

Anonymous said...

Expressing a dislike of fried chicken doesn't necessarily make you a snob, but expressing the view that anyone who does so is, probably does make you an inverse one. Do you also judge people on their clothes, the car they drive, their brand of fags and the paper tucked under their arm? I expect you do. Aah, the tolerant society.

Anonymous said...

Which is the best takeaway is a rather more interesting question that which is the worst.

Maybe we should have a poll 'vote for your favourite takeaway'

Sections for

Fried Chicken
Kebabs
Fish and Chips
Chinese
Indian
Pizza

Of course some of these are a bit thin on the ground. Only two Fish and Chip shops and one Pizza place isn't much of choice. Though there seems to be an abundance of Fried Chicken shops.

So....maybe extend the catchment area to various disputed areas of Greater Brockley. Hmmm...potential for gerrymandering there.

Then there are the trolls who will cheat and extol the virtues of some dire establishment while concealing their cruel ironic leer.

So....maybe not such a good idea.

Anonymous said...

Anon 22.32.
We have coke at our partys which is loads of fun.
And u would'nt find us buying chicken n chips!

Anonymous said...

@Ben H. Well I certainly can't argue with stupidity like that. See the comment below yours for your much needed education.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how vociferously some defend these places whilst clearly being massively ignorant of what exactly they are eating. Maybe Boris is right and they do need educating.
I reckon it's a waste of time and money though - let them eat shit!

a snob (apparently) said...

Do people really think that if you dislike animal cruelty it is a sign of snobbery/dishonesty?

I will happily eat meat, but not if it's been reared in inhumane conditions.

Anonymous said...

i've just walked past the Honeypot and it looks like something is happening there, does anyone know if its going to re-open? Caribbean takeaways tend to have healthy options!

Ollie said...

Mo Pho is clearly the healthiest and best take-away in the area.

Can't vouch for the sourcing of their meat, but the if you comparing deep fat fried chicken with noodle soup, I think I know which is the healthier option!

Oh Do Go To Mo Pho Bro & Ho - Yo Won't Kno No Woe.

Anonymous said...

I reckon Lion's provides the most ethically produced food in the area but am happy to be challenged by new contenders.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they might like to make a public statement to the effect.

Anonymous said...

No need - honest fare speaks for itself.

Anonymous said...

After drinking to excess, I am sure every takeaway beckons seductively with the promise of instant calories.

Instant Food for the Hopelessly inebriated.

I wonder if they closed a few more pubs the number of dodgy takeaways would fall.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure why Villa Toscana does't sell pizzas and take away pizzas...

Anonymous said...

As we already have Dominics in that sector.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the are trying to go up market and discourage the pizza munching masses from invading the place with requests for unfeasible toppings.

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