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Socioeconomic variations in women's diets: what is the role of perceptions of the local food environment?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18272732     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To test the contribution of perceived environmental factors (food availability, accessibility and affordability) to mediating socioeconomic variations in women's fruit, vegetable and fast food consumption. METHODS: A community sample of 1580 women from 45 neighbourhoods provided survey data on their socioeconomic position (SEP) (education and income); diet (fruit, vegetable and fast food consumption); and the perceived availability of, access to and cost of healthy food in their local area. RESULTS: Once perceived environmental variables were considered, the associations between SEP and diet were weak and non-significant, suggesting that socioeconomic differences in diet were almost wholly explained by perceptions of food availability, accessibility and affordability. CONCLUSIONS: Strategies to decrease socioeconomic inequalities in diet could involve promoting inexpensive ways to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and ensuring that people of low SEP are aware that many healthy foods are available at relatively low cost. Future research should also confirm if perceptions match objective measures of food availability, accessibility and affordability, in order to address the real and/or perceived lack of healthy options in low SEP neighbourhoods.
V Inglis; K Ball; D Crawford
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of epidemiology and community health     Volume:  62     ISSN:  1470-2738     ISO Abbreviation:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-14     Completed Date:  2008-05-13     Revised Date:  2008-08-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909766     Medline TA:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Burwood, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Diet / statistics & numerical data*
Educational Status
Food Habits*
Food Supply / economics,  statistics & numerical data*
Health Behavior
Marital Status
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Poverty Areas
Social Environment
Socioeconomic Factors
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J Epidemiol Community Health. 2008 Apr;62(4):376

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