Waltham Forest in East London is one of the first boroughs to start turning down applications for new takeaways and fast food establishments near to local schools or young peoples facilities.
Fifteen other local authorities are planning to follow suit, with Barking and Dagenham council finalising a plan that would limit the number of fast-food premises and impose a £1,000 levy on any new outlets, the proceeds of which would go towards tackling childhood obesity.
The NHS primary care trust is also involved in the scheme and is helping to make take away products healthier by offering food preparation staff free nutrition workshops.
Gateshead council have even gone as far as introducing salt shakers with half the usual number of holes in their local chip shops with many authorities beginning to follow their example.
Conferences on take aways are to be held in West Bromwich on June 30th, while the children’s services network of the Local Government Information Unit will also discuss action at a seminar on children and obesity on 19 March.