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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.
The image below show the number of hot food takeaways around secondary school in Newham. The red triangles indicate the location of secondary schools. The dark areas show the highest densities of fast food outlets.
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