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Rise of the takeaway

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By By Tommy Lumby and Marc McLean
Rise of the takeaway

THE number of fast-food takeaways in Dumfries and Galloway has grown by 12 per cent in the last five years.

The unhealthy climb saw the region go from 85 fast food spots in 2016 to 95 last year.

This works out at 64 different takeaway businesses for each 100,000 of the population – the 12th highest out of 32 council areas in Scotland.

Anti-obesity campaigners say the expansion of the takeaway trade across the country is “deeply concerning” and have urged the UK Government to ensure these outlets offer healthier options.

Katharine Jenner, director of the campaign group Action on Sugar and Action on Salt, said: “It’s deeply concerning that the number of fast food takeaway outlets has continued to rise at a staggering rate – especially in areas where there are likely to be high levels of deprivation.”

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