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Understanding interactions with the food environment: an exploration of supermarket food shopping routines in deprived neighbourhoods.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23220374     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite a sustained academic interest in the environmental determinants of diet, relatively little is known about the ways in which individuals interact with their neighbourhood food environment and the use of its most important element, the supermarket. This qualitative study explores how residents of deprived neighbourhoods shop for food and how the supermarket environment influences their choices. Go-along interviews were conducted with 26 residents of Sandwell, a uniformly deprived metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, UK. Routine approaches to food shopping are characterised in terms of planning and reliance on the supermarket environment. Four distinct routines are identified: chaotic and reactive; working around the store; item-by-item; and restricted and budgeted. This suggests that residents of deprived neighbourhoods do not have uniform responses to food environments. Responses to supermarket environments appear to be mediated by levels of individual autonomy. A better understanding of how residents of deprived neighbourhoods interact with their food environment may help optimise environmental interventions aimed at improving physical access to food in these places.
Claire Thompson; Steven Cummins; Tim Brown; Rosemary Kyle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-11-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & place     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1873-2054     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Place     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-04     Completed Date:  2013-12-10     Revised Date:  2014-03-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9510067     Medline TA:  Health Place     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  116-23     Citation Subset:  T    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Anthropology, Cultural
Food Industry / economics*
Food Supply / economics
Great Britain
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Poverty Areas*
Qualitative Research
Residence Characteristics / classification*
Young Adult
Grant Support
SRF-2010-03-05//Department of Health

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