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Astonishing rise of number of takeaways in Greater Manchester sees increase of over 50 per cent in just five years

It seems the fast food industry has no signs of slowing down, with a huge rise of the number of takeaway businesses in Greater Manchester, which has increased by over a half in the past five years.

Manchester has one of the highest rates of takeaways per person: 8.7 per 10,000, the sixth highest figure in Britain.

Data provided by Office for National Statistics show that the number of businesses identifying as takeaways or mobile food stands has increased across the country - but that Greater Manchester is well ahead of the national trend.

In 2010 there were 1,220 takeaways in Greater Manchester but by 2015 this number had shot up to 1,900 - an increase of 56 per cent.

Nationally the number has only increased by 26 per cent, but Rochdale saw the biggest change in the region with an increase of 88 per cent between 2010 and 2015. In 2010 there were 80 takeaways while in 2015 there were 150.

Tameside also saw a significant jump in the presence of takeaways in the area with the number increasing by 82 per cent from 85 in 2010 to 155 in 2015.

Oldham saw the third largest increase in the number of businesses identifying as takeaways, up 81 per cent from 2010 to 2015 with the number of shops changing from 80 to 145.

Bolton , Bury , Wigan and Salford followed the same upward trend with each seeing the number of takeaways increase by 50 per cent in five years. Bolton had 120 businesses in 2010 and 180 in 2015; Bury, with 90 shops, had 135 as of 2015; Wigan changed from 130 takeaways to 195 and Salford from 90 to 135.

The proportion of the adults who are overweight or obese in England has been increasing alongside the country’s takeaway boom. Data from Public Health England for 2014 showed that the figure has now reached 64.6 per cent while in Rochdale - the place where takeaways have increased by most in Greater Manchester - the figure was 69.4 per cent.

The number of takeaways in the UK increased from 29,330 in 2010 to 36,855 in 2015, a rise of just over a quarter.

Blackburn and Darwen has experienced the biggest jump in takeaway businesses for any area in the UK during the period with the number more than doubling from 50 to 115.

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