Does Hackney make you fat? Does Hackney make you fat? People who know first hand, campaigning to make Hackney an easier place to be a healthy weight. We are campaigning to change Hackney so that we can help reverse growing obesity in the borough. Right now: 41.3% of adults are overweight or obese 49.6% of children The big difference with our ‘Does Hackney make you fat?’ is that it is led and run by people who know the challenges of trying to reach a health weight first hand. We believe our expertise has been over looked. Indeed our voice has been squashed by the stigma and social pressure that goes hand in hand with being overweight. Join our campaign as a supporter or an activist. We want everyone who lives or works in the borough to support us; to be an activist you also need to be overweight. HomeBlogEvents and activitiesFundraisingjoin-the-campaign Are we being priced out of eating healthily? With a stagnant economy where wages have shrunk or remained the same, inflation has presided over take home pay. Following the recession in 2008 we are still trapped in a cycle of austerity and increasing debt. This means that people have less disposable income; whilst necessities like travel costs, rent, and food prices have risen. The cost of food, a basic staple for survival; has risen by 2.3% since the early part of this year. Indeed, with the economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and the tumbling value of the pound; there are no guarantees that prices may hike again due to inflation of imported goods. Supermarkets have even responded by reducing their promotional offers; such as buy one item and get another half price. Rising food costs have even led to many relying on food banks for survival. The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network, an anti poverty charity, reported a 17% increase in use of food banks between April 2016 and March 2017. Indeed, the UK figure may be considerably higher. Does Hackney make you fat? conducted some research in different parts of the borough to explore if we are being priced out of eating healthily. We ventured to Stoke Newington Church Street, Broadway Market and Well Street; to look at the cost of food items from cafes. restaurants and market stalls. In Broadway Market 20 out of 35 food items that we recorded were £8 or more. We found a similar trend in Stoke Newington Church Street, where 45% of food items were £8 or more. Many of the food items that we recorded consisted of meals such as, sourdough toast, avocado and toast, or eggs benedict. These meals are relatively small in portion size; and therefore would not be sufficient to feed a family struggling with escalating bills, council cuts, and inflation of everyday utility bills. Eating healthily may therefore represent a genuine problem for those on low incomes, when we are bombarded by takeaway shops in the borough providing energy dense, calorific, affordable meals that could feed more than one person, and represent poor nutritional value due to high quantities of salt, artificial additives, fat, and/or sugar. For example, in Mare Street (Hackney Central), we counted 13 takeaway shops. In Stoke Newington Road, there are 9, Chatsworth Road has 8,whilst Kingsland Road in Dalston boasts a whopping 13 takeaway shops. Lower Clapton Road has 7, of which 2 sell pizza, 3 provide chicken and chips,and 1 is a Chinese. This equates to an average of 9.8 takeaway shops per street. Whilst it can’t be disputed that healthier options are available, a lack of choice, combined with high prices makes it challenging to eat well on a tight budget. We will soon be holding some public demonstrations in protest at the number of takeaway shops in the borough, and the cost of food prices.