Public acceptability of proposals to manage new takeaway food outlets near schools: cross-sectional analysis of the 2021 International Food Policy Study

Matthew Keeble, Jean Adams, Ben Amies-Cull, Michael Chang, Steven Cummins, Daniel Derbyshire, David Hammond, Suzan Hassan, Bochu Liu, Antonieta Medina-Lara, Oliver Mytton, John Rahilly, Nina Rogers, Bea Savory, Richard Smith, Claire Thompson, Christine M. White, Martin White, Thomas Burgoine

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Abstract

Global trends indicate that takeaway food is commonly accessible in neighbourhood food environments. Local governments in England can use spatial planning to manage the opening of new takeaway outlets in ?takeaway management zones around schools? (known sometimes as ?exclusion zones?). We analysed data from the 2021 International Food Policy Study to investigate public acceptability of takeaway management zones around schools. Among adults living in Great Britain (n?=?3323), 50.8% supported, 8.9% opposed, and 37.3% were neutral about the adoption of these zones. Almost three-quarters (70.4%) believed that these zones would help young people to eat better. Among 16-17?year olds (n?=?354), 33.3% agreed that young people would consume takeaway food less often if there were fewer takeaways near schools. Using adjusted logistic regression, we identified multiple correlates of public support for and perceived effectiveness of takeaway management zones. Odds of support were strongest among adults reporting that there were currently too many takeaways in their neighbourhood food environment (odds ratio: 2.32; 95% confidence intervals: 1.61, 3.35). High levels of support alongside limited opposition indicate that proposals for takeaway management zones around schools would not receive substantial public disapproval. Policy makers should not, therefore, use limited public support to rationalise policy inertia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2336311
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalCities and Health
Early online date19 Apr 2024
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Apr 2024

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