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.
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