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Take Away Food Consumption Has Doubled in the Last 40 Years

February 18, 2016

Consumption of takeaway food has almost doubled since 1974, from 80g per person per week to 150g according to the most recent results from the National Food Survey. Around 33g of the figure is made up of chips with kebabs, chicken and burgers also proving popular.

The survey, which is published by DEFRA as part of its open data scheme, has been running since the Second World War. The latest data is from 150,000 households who took part in the research between 1974 and 2000 combined with information up until 2014 which is already available.

Despite an increase in take away meals, there is a general trend towards a more healthy diet, with consumption of brown and wholemeal bread up 85% since 1974 and fresh fruit purchases increasing by 50%.The environment secretary, Elizabeth Truss, said: “Shoppers are more plugged in to where their food comes from than ever before, the internet has brought quality produce to our doorsteps at the click of a button, pop-up restaurants are showcasing the latest trends and exciting global cuisines are now as common as fish and chips.”

People are eating the same amount of fresh vegetables as they were 40 years ago, although traditional greens have decreased as courgettes, mushrooms and stir fry vegetables have become more popular. The amount of pay being spent on food has gone down from 24% in 1974 to 11% today.

You can view a copy of the survey HERE.