Obesity: Fast Food

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th November 2021.

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Photo of Peter Gibson Peter Gibson Conservative, Darlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the correlation between obesity rates and availability of fast-food outlets.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities has not completed an analysis to assess the correlation between obesity rates and availability of fast-food outlets.

In 2018, Public Health England published ‘Fast food outlets: density by local authority in England’. This used Food Standards Agency data from 2017 to calculate the density of fast-food outlets by local authority. The analysis did not assess the correlation between obesity rates and availability of fast-food outlets but showed that there are higher concentrations of fast-food outlets in England’s most deprived communities. Evidence from health survey data shows that the prevalence of overweight and obesity also rises with deprivation and fruit and vegetable consumption falls with deprivation.

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