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Children's fruit and vegetable intake: associations with the neighbourhood food environment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18164753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between availability of different types of food outlets and children's fruit and vegetable intake. METHOD: Parents of 340 5-6 and 461 10-12 year-old Australian children reported how frequently their child ate 14 fruits and 13 vegetables in the last week in 2002/3. A geographic information system (GIS) was used to determine the availability of the following types of food outlets near home: greengrocers; supermarkets; convenience stores; fast food outlets; restaurants, cafés and takeaway outlets. Logistic regression analyses examined the likelihood of consuming fruit >or=2 times/day and vegetables >or=3 times/day, according to access to food outlets. RESULTS: Overall, 62.5% of children ate fruit >or=2 times/day and 46.4% ate vegetables >or=3 times/day. The more fast food outlets (OR=0.82, 95%CI=0.67-0.99) and convenience stores (OR=0.84, 95%CI=0.73-0.98) close to home, the lower the likelihood of consuming fruit >or=2 times/day. There was also an inverse association between density of convenience stores and the likelihood of consuming vegetables >or=3 times/day (OR=0.84, 95%CI=0.74-0.95). The likelihood of consuming vegetables >or=3 times/day was greater the farther children lived from a supermarket (OR=1.27, 95%CI=1.07-1.51) or a fast food outlet (OR=1.19, 95%CI=1.06-1.35). CONCLUSION: Availability of fast food outlets and convenience stores close to home may have a negative effect on children's fruit and vegetable intake.
Anna Timperio; Kylie Ball; Rebecca Roberts; Karen Campbell; Nick Andrianopoulos; David Crawford
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-12-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0091-7435     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-02     Completed Date:  2008-09-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  331-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Food Habits
Food Supply*
Geographic Information Systems
Logistic Models
Residence Characteristics*

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