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Takeaways in Falmouth, Cornwall

There are more than 400 fast food outlets in Cornwall - a figure that accounts for 10% of all the fast food sellers in the South West, figures released by Public Health England (PHE) have revealed.

The total of 404 takeaways means that there are 74.1 takeaways per 100, 000 people in the Duchy. The rate, below the national average of 88, puts Cornwall 192th out of local authorities across the country - of which there are 329.

The ward data shows, Newquay and Truro are vying for the fast food crown with Newquay Central boasting 27 outlets while Truro's three wards have a total of 28.

Other towns with high numbers of fast food eateries are St Ives (19), Redruth (18) and Perranporth (17).

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Unsurprisingly some of the more rural wards have less; Mount Hawke and Portreath, St Keverne and Meneage and Lanivet and Blisand have just one each.

Map showing the density of fast food outlets in local authority areas.

PHE'S analysis shows that there are 3, 932 takeaways in total across the region, ranging from 23 in Purbeck to 464 in Bristol. Fast food is likely to be high in saturated fat and salt, and evidence shows that the general population exceeds the official recommendations which is damaging to health.

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Professor Debra Lapthorne, Centre Director for Public Health England South West said: "In the South West we have a number of coastal towns and cities that benefit from the tourism trade each year, and part of the experience of many visitors to these areas is to enjoy a treat such as fish and chips by the seaside when on holiday. However these foods, which are high in salt, fat and sugar, should only be eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy diet.

There are more than 400 fast food outlets in Cornwall.

"Over a fifth of adults and children eat takeaway meals at home more than once a week and we are experiencing a national obesity epidemic. It is particularly worrying that so many children are affected.

"We are working with partners across the South West to support families to eat more healthily and be more physically active through campaigns such as Change4Life.

"Just over a third of children in the South West are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.

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