A new report reveals the unhealthiest places to live
Have you long suspected that your local high-street isn’t exactly the healthiest place to hang out? Well, according to a new survey by the Royal Society for Public Health, if you live in Grimsby, Harringey, Walsall or Croydon you might be right.
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The results of their new study, published last week, reveal that these places are among the least healthy high-streets in the UK.
Using a ranking system that gives points for ‘healthy shops’ on a high-street and deducts them for unhealthy shops, the RSPH devised a Richter scale of health.
Healthy points were awarded based on criteria such as health clubs (5 points), museums, pharmacies (5 points) and leisure centres (7 points). Meanwhile, payday lenders (-4 points), bookmakers (-2 points), fast food outlets (-2 points) and empty shops (-1 point) all meant points deducted.
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Interestingly, the study counts pubs and bars as important places for social interaction and as such awards 2 points for each one.
The criteria were applied to the highstreets of 70 of Britain’s major towns and cities and the results calculated.
Grimsby came out top (or bottom) of the unhealthiest towns in Britain followed by Walsall, Blackpool and Stoke on Trent. Edinburgh, Canterbury and Taunton topped the list of the healthiest highstreets in Britain.
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In London, which was assessed separately, Seven Sisters Road and Roman Road were deemed the unhealthiest highstreets while Muswell Hill and Hornchurch proved to be the best.
The RSPH’s findings also indicated that UK highstreets had seen a rise of 4,000 fast food shops in just three years, as well as an extra 1,000 vape stores.
There was also found to be a clear link between unhealthy highstreets and poorer areas.
The Ten Un-healthiest UK High Streets
The Ten Healthiest UK High Streets
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