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The role of energy cost in food choices for an Aboriginal population in northern Australia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19450199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between dietary quality and energy density of foods (MJ/kg) and energy cost ($/MJ) for an Aboriginal population living in a remote region of northern Australia. DESIGN: For a 3-month period in 2005, we collected food and non-alcoholic beverage supply data from food outlets available to the study population. From these data, we compared the energy density of foods with their energy cost. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Energy density and energy cost of food purchases. RESULTS: The diet of the study population was high in refined carbohydrates and low in fresh fruit and vegetables. Foods with high energy density were associated with lower costs and contributed disproportionately to energy availability. CONCLUSION: The energy-cost differential between energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods and energy-dilute, nutrient-rich foods influences the capacity of Australian Aboriginal people living in remote communities to attain a healthy diet. This is consistent with the "economics of food choice" theory, whereby people on low incomes maximise energy availability per dollar in their food purchasing patterns, and has particular relevance for developing nutrition policy and strategies in Aboriginal communities, where poor nutrition is a major determinant of preventable chronic disease.
Julie K Brimblecombe; Kerin O'Dea
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  190     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-19     Completed Date:  2009-08-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  549-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Menzies School of Health Research, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Darwin, NT, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Food Habits / ethnology*
Food Supply / economics*
Health Services, Indigenous
Middle Aged
Northern Territory
Nutritive Value
Oceanic Ancestry Group*
Rural Population
Young Adult
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Med J Aust. 2009 May 18;190(10):547-8   [PMID:  19450198 ]

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