The International Business Times reports that the mayor of London has announced he is set to ban all fast food restaurants from opening within 400m (1312ft) of a school in order to crackdown on the “ticking time bomb” of childhood obesity.
Sadiq Khan will also reveal plans to force takeaway outlets to agree to prepare their food in healthier ways such as grilling or baking over frying and to use less salt.
Nearly 40% of London children are obese or overweight by the time they finish primary school. Several boroughs, including Barking and Islington, already have measures to control the number of takeaways near schools.
Currently, around one quarter of the UK’s takeaways are located within a five-minute walk of a school, with more than 8,000 fast food outlets in London alone.
He said: “Takeaway restaurants are a vibrant part of London life, but it’s important that they are not encouraging our children to make poor food choices.
“I am using all of my powers through my new London Plan to prevent new takeaways from being built just down the road from schools as part of a package of measures to tackle the ticking time bomb of childhood obesity and help us all lead healthier lives.”
Dr Yvonne Doyle, London regional director at Public Health England, said: “Our high streets are increasingly saturated with takeaways and our school children consume too much unhealthy food and drink on the high streets near schools.”
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