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Surge in high street takeaways

BBC News analysis of Office for National Statistics data shows that UK high streets have the highest concentration of fast food outlets in almost a decade. Despite town halls attempting to limit their spread, in most areas the number of takeaways per 100,000 people was at its highest since 2010. Dr Thomas Burgoine, who has researched the link between obesity and exposure to fast food, said the "consistency of year-on-year growth in the takeaway sector was a concern", adding: "It's common for takeaways to represent a third and sometimes up to half of all the high street food available - reducing consumer choice.”