Deprivation, diet, and food-retail access: findings from the Leeds 'food deserts' study

Wrigley, Neil, Warm, Daniel and Margetts, Barrie (2003) Deprivation, diet, and food-retail access: findings from the Leeds 'food deserts' study. Environment and Planning A, 35, (1), 151-188. (doi:10.1068/a35150).


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Within a context of public policy debate in the United Kingdom on social exclusion, health inequalities, and food poverty, the metaphor of the 'food desert' caught the imagination of those involved in policy development. Drawing from a major cross-disciplinary investigation of food access and food poverty in British cities, the authors report in this paper findings from the first 'before/after' study of food consumption in a highly deprived area of a British city experiencing a sudden and significant change in its food-retail access. The study has been viewed as the first opportunity in the United Kingdom to assess the impact of a non-healthcare intervention (specifically a retail-provision intervention) on food-consumption patterns, and by extension diet-related health, in such a deprived, previously poor-retail-access community. The paper offers evidence of a positive but modest impact of the retail intervention on diet, and the authors discuss the ways in which their findings are potentially significant in the context of policy debate.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1068/a35150
Additional Information: ISI:000181669300010
ISSNs: 0308-518X (print)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 26134
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2003Published
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:48
Food deserts in british cities
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (L135251002)
1 April 2000 to 30 June 2004

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