The cheap ‘meal’ deal that could cost NHS upto £4.2bn a year

Does Croydon have a childhood obesity crisis? Ever wondered why?

Meal Deal

This sign was spotted outside a discount clearance shop on St George’s Walk this morning.

Fairfield, in which this shop making this offer is to be found, is the Croydon ward where childhood obesity levels are worst in the borough (according to 2012 figures), where 43 per cent of Year 6 pupils are obese or overweight.

Fairfield also happens to have the greatest density of fast food outlets in Croydon.

In 2010 – four years ago – Croydon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment published a report in which one of its key recommendations was that the council should “… make use of existing planning mechanisms to regulate the numbers of fast food outlets in key locations, such as close to schools”.

Although the report was instigated with the agreement of the Conservative-controlled council cabinet in 2009, Croydon Council has done little, if anything, to implement that recommendation of the report.

The report also said, “Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Being obese also has an adverse impact on personal wellbeing. It has been estimated that the cost of obesity to the NHS is approximately £4.2 billion per year.”

That’s an awful lot of £1.50 “meal” deals.

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1 Response to The cheap ‘meal’ deal that could cost NHS upto £4.2bn a year

  1. Just look at many local politicians and you will see they are not healthy.

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