England’s most unhealthy areas where residents refuse to eat fruit and veg

Scientists says they have found England’s most unhealthy neighbourhoods where a third of people won’t touch fruit or veg.

Researchers have highlighted the areas where people don’t get any of their five-a-day and instead sink gallons of fizzy drinks.

The experts pin-pointed over 350 local communities in the Midlands, the North and London’s East End as the worst offenders.

They say it represents 5.2 per cent of the population and the worrying figures have set alarm bells ringing with health officials.

Parts of Birmingham are a real cause for concern, the place the study shows to see the most sugary drinks consumed on average.

The area of Selly Oak saw almost a third of people drink more than the recommended amount every day.

Birmingham’s Dartmouth Circus tops the list of places where people don’t eat fruit or veg, with almost 15 per cent refusing to eat their greens.

Parts of Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester were the next on the unhealthy list – with Liverpool and Bradford following closely behind.

The study shows the south’s food intake is less damaging, and fruit and veg are enjoyed more.

But coastal areas Southampton and Portsmouth are the worst, the report claims.

Then comes Bristol, with Tower Hamlets, East London, in tenth in England.

Researcher Dr Dianna Smith said: “We hope that this modelling will be taken up in local authorities to help identify areas where interventions to improve diet are most urgently needed.

“There are clear inequalities in diet across England, that will contribute to ongoing differences in health in the population.

“I would suggest the data are used within local and national governments to identify areas where more on-the-ground work is needed to find out about people’s diets and how to support them to have healthier options.”

More research has revealed an extra reason to watch what you eat.

A fruit-based lunch and vegetables for dinner is the key to warding off cancer and heart disease, another study suggests.

Not snacking on starchy foods like crisps is also key to a healthier life.

The research was undertaken by nutritionist Ying Li from the Harbin Medical University in China’s northernmost province of Heilongjiang.

“People are increasingly concerned about what they eat as well as when they eat,” Professor Li said.

“Our team sought to better understand the effects different foods have when consumed at certain meals.”