For most slimmers a visit to the local takeaway is an absolute no-no.
But not if you live in Padiham, where a chippy has started serving up dishes for dieters alongside fish and chips.
What?! Is this some new council scheme like the salt-snatchers?
It seems not:
Three members of staff at the Pendle Street fish and chip shop decided to start offering the meals after joining their local Slimming World group six weeks ago.
Oh, dear! They are doing some council employee out of a job here!
But it just goes to show there’s no need for any barmy schemes – if there really is a need, the market will supply it.
Kim Duckworth, one of the slimmers, said: “When we went to Slimming World we saw customers we hadn’t seen for a while, and then it clicked and we realised why.
“People don’t always want to cook, but there is nowhere to get proper healthy meals as a takeaway, even sandwich shops have butter and mayonnaise.
“Since we started it has been going down quite well. We have had a really good response and have customers coming from as far as Barrowford.
“We now cater for both options. If some of the family want a chippy tea but some want to be healthy then we can do both.”
Of course, if the council ever introduced such a policy, there’d be no element of choice there – it’d be slimming meals for everyone…