[Report] Food Deserts in British Cities, 2004: final report on ESRC award , Swindon, UK Economic and Social Research Council 23pp.
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In the late 1990s, deprived areas of British cities with poor access to healthy food at reasonable prices became known as ‘food deserts’, and policies were recommended to tackle their problems. Yet until this study by the Universities of Southampton, Leeds and Cardiff, there was almost no research to test some of the crucial links assumed to exist between food retail access, compromised diets, and poor health. Work included a major before-and-after investigation into the impact on the eating habits of low-income families in the Seacroft area of East Leeds - one of the top five per cent most deprived places in England - after a large, new Tesco store opened on their doorstep
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