Amount of fast food restaurants near schools rises by two thirds

The number of fast-food shops within five minutes’ walk of a school has increased by 67 per cent over the past eight years, the Times has reported.

This increase has been most dramatic in London, with an increase of 92 per cent – from 1,831 to 3,517 shops – between 2009 and 2017.

In North-West England, there were 1,517 fast-food shops in 2009, and 2,462 in 2017: an increase of 62 per cent. And in the West Midlands there was a 57 per cent increase between 2009 and 2017: from 733 to 1,152 restaurants.

The statistics show that nationally more than a quarter of fast-food restaurants and shops are now less than five minutes’ walk of a school.

The data was calculated by Allmapdata, from CACI data specialists.

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