Fast Food Outlets Limited in Haringey

Fast Food OutletHaringey Council (North London) have taken it upon themselves to impose strict limits and regulations on pizza, burger and kebab shops in the area.

The Council claims that the limits will increase the life expectancy of poorer residents, stating that Tottenham, with 14 fast food restaurants has a life expectancy of 72.5 while Fortis Green, only 3 fast food restaurants, has a life expectency of 81.5. However it strikes me as incredibly naive to attribute this differences so largely down to consumption of fast food. It is more than likely that other lifestyle choices, smoking, drinking etc contribute in a far greater way to diminished life expectancy. But do we see pubs closing?

Outlets will be banned from opening within 400 metres of schools, youth clubs and parks, Croydon council is also expected to follow suit.

However the issue appears to me, not that there is too much fast food available, but that there is too much demand. Simply closing or limiting new outlets seems an altogether, pretty poorly thought out idea. It is almost as if councillors expect that if there are less outlets, people will eat less fast food, when in reality, if those same people were really concerned with their health they are more than capable of making their own lifestyle choices and improving their diet.

personally all I can see this measure doing, is driving demand for fast food into a smaller concentration of outlets in the area. I would be very surprised if there is any effect at all on life expectancy, let alone an effect worth noting.

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