Tackle health problems from obesity and poor diet

Apply strong limitations to the number and kind of fast food outlets.

Many fast food outlets depend upon customers who arrive in cars.

In an era where it is crucial that we all aim to use sustainable transport - walking, cycling or public transport - it is entirely wrong to enable fast food outlets to continue to proliferate, especially in out-of-centre locations, where customers are highly likely to arrive by car.  

It is well known that the 'epidemic of obesity' is a crippling load on the NHS.  We should not help people to eat unhealthy food, and at any hour.  Yet fast food outlets help people to consume unhealthy food, in contexts which are largely car-dominated and have long opening hours.

National planning policy should say that fast food outlets must not be permitted in out-of-centre locations.  They should only be permitted in locations where a high proportion of customers are likely to arrive on foot, by bicycle or by public transport.  National policy should encourage planning authorities to limit the total number of fast food outlets in their areas.  

This should be done in conjunction of the government department that could be responsible for spearheading the provision of healthy food in retail outlets.

Why the contribution is important

Because we can no longer afford to spend more and more money on illness arising from bad diet and lack of exercise.

We should be seeking to reduce the amount of misery caused by this source of ill health.

Local individuality is lost when main roads through every town are marked by fast food outlets identical in appearance to other such outlets the length and breadth of the country.  

by mirabellemaslin on February 20, 2016 at 04:48PM

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  • Posted by FionaM February 25, 2016 at 09:31

    Totally agree Mirabelle!
    But it's not just in urban areas that the choices are limited. Where I live, in Dalry in North Ayrshire, that has a population of about 5000, we have 2 fish & chips shops, 2 kebab takeaways and a chinese takeaway.
    All high fat, high calorific food outlets.
    In 1980's, in Edinburgh there were numerous Baked Potato takeaways, sadly mostly all gone. But that was a much healthier option. Perhaps it's time to introduce this kind of takeaway across Scotland?
  • Posted by kb21182 February 28, 2016 at 20:02

    Totally agree - far too much encouragement to depend on the car - and to eat unhealthy fast food. Where are the creative ideas to encourage people to eat and live heathily - progressive planning can surely support this ?
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