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Fifty per cent of all the potatoes now sold in Britain are processed in some form or another. Thirty per cent are eaten as crisps (American chips), ten per cent dehydrated in 'mashed potato' or tinned and sixty per cent are consumed as chips, frozen potatoes or other potato products.
In the early 1990's, over seventy per cent of all potatoes were sold fresh from greengrocers or supermarkets.
Processed foods of all kinds have been blamed for the growing problem of obesity, particularly among the young. About one in five Britons is clinically obese and about half seriously overweight.