A council in south London has started working with takeaway owners who sell food high in fat and salt in a bid to make them cook healthier food.
Seminars teaching owners and chefs at takeaways close to schools in Wandsworth how to reduce the fat and salt content of food by paying attention to a range of preparation, cooking and serving methods, have been set up by the council.
Councillor Malcolm Grimston said the scheme, funded through the Promoting Healthier Choices campaign, was being run in tandem with work in schools to teach children how to make healthier choices.
He said:†"It`s especially important to teach these lessons to young people before too much damage is done. That`s why we`re targeting takeaways near schools. Banning restaurants near schools, in our view, would not work as children would just travel to ones further away - we want to make encourage people, especially young people, to eat healthily because they want to and understand the benefits.
"This is not an anti-food or anti-restaurant campaign of course - healthy customers eating healthy food in healthy establishments is a win for everyone."
Environmental health officers carried out a survey of takeaway food in south west London and tested the fat and salt content in each one.
They found great disparity in the amount of salt and fat in each one. Some fried chicken provided more than 75 per cent of the guideline daily allowance of salt, compared to seven in another.