Chicken vendor health project

A new mobile street-food vendor is opening near schools in Forest Gate aiming to offer healthy alternatives for students to fast food shops in the area.

London worst for childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a big problem in London.

Figures from the Department of Health show that:

  • At Reception Class age - 23% of children in the capital are either overweight or obese.
  • By Year Six - the number has jumped to 37.5%.
  • London has the worst levels of childhood obesity in the whole of England.

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Young people in Newham 'fourth highest obesity level'

The ubiquitous presence of chicken shops is a major contributing factor to the national problem of youth obesity, which sees more than 1 in 3 children aged 11-15 years are overweight or obese costing the NHS as much as £4 billion annually.

Young people in Newham have the fourth highest level of obesity in London and the highest prevalence of diabetes, with over 200 children aged 16 or under diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

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'Healthier' chicken vendor to target London pupils

A new mobile street-food vendor is opening for business near schools in Forest Gate offering a healthy alternatives to the fast food shops in the area. Called 'Box Chicken', it's designed to appeal to younger people with the aim of shifting eating behaviour towards healthier, more positive options.

  • There are now more than 8,000 fast food outlets in London, one for every 1,000 Londoners
  • The number is increasing around 10% every year
  • Chicken shops are especially common, fried chicken sales grew by 36% from 2003 to 2008

Source: wearewhatwedo.org