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UK council bans opening of new takeaways to combat obesity

TAKEAWAY BAN: Gateshead Council hope new measures will reduce expanding waistlines in the area

GATESHEAD COUNCIL has ramped up their battle against obesity by banning the opening of takeaways in the area.

The Labour-run Tyneside town, situated in the North west of England, is hoping that the new ban will reduce the soaring obesity levels by prohibiting the development of any more eateries in ward where a large number already exist.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Mick Henry, said: “We have a target to get the lowest obesity rates in the UK and we are not doing very well. Our rates are getting worse and worse.

“The important thing here is that we are taking some steps to do something about this. Let us not forget how many hot food takeaways there are. Given the number of hot food takeaways that already exist at the moment, this has got to be a good step forward.”

The area presently has 206 takeaway shops according to The Chronicle Live and 61 per cent of the population has been classed as either overweight or obese and in primary schools some of the worst cases of obese children are present.

In Gateshead, with more than a third of all Year 6 pupils in the largest ward of Felling are now technically classed as obese.

Under the strict rule, planning committees will be able to decline planning permission where high levels of obesity exist.

Councillor Mary Foy, added: “It’s much more difficult to make a healthy choice if we have a proliferation of hot food takeaways.”

A spokesperson for the council explained exceptions would be made for eateries serving “healthy food” and applications would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

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