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Variety and quality of healthy foods differ according to neighbourhood deprivation

Variety and quality of healthy foods differ according to neighbourhood deprivation
Variety and quality of healthy foods differ according to neighbourhood deprivation
This study addresses a gap in the food environment literature by investigating spatial differences in the inter relationship of price, variety and quality of food in southern England. We conducted a survey of all grocery stores (n=195) in the city of Southampton, UK, and ranked neighbourhoods according to national quintiles of deprivation. We found no difference in availability or cheapest price across neighbourhoods. However, the poorest neighbourhoods had less variety of healthy products and poorer quality fruit and vegetables than more affluent neighbourhoods. Dietary inequalities may be exacerbated by differences in the variety and quality of healthy foods sold locally; these factors may influence whether or not consumers purchase healthy foods.
food environment, food quality, food variety, neighbourhood deprivation
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Black, Christina
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Moon, Graham
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Black, Christina, Ntani, Georgia, Kenny, Ross, Tinati, Tannaze, Jarman, Megan, Lawrence, Wendy, Barker, Mary, Inskip, Hazel, Cooper, Cyrus, Moon, Graham and Baird, Janis (2012) Variety and quality of healthy foods differ according to neighbourhood deprivation. Health & Place, 18 (6), 1292-1299. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.09.003). (PMID:23085202)

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Abstract

This study addresses a gap in the food environment literature by investigating spatial differences in the inter relationship of price, variety and quality of food in southern England. We conducted a survey of all grocery stores (n=195) in the city of Southampton, UK, and ranked neighbourhoods according to national quintiles of deprivation. We found no difference in availability or cheapest price across neighbourhoods. However, the poorest neighbourhoods had less variety of healthy products and poorer quality fruit and vegetables than more affluent neighbourhoods. Dietary inequalities may be exacerbated by differences in the variety and quality of healthy foods sold locally; these factors may influence whether or not consumers purchase healthy foods.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 September 2012
Published date: November 2012
Keywords: food environment, food quality, food variety, neighbourhood deprivation
Organisations: Human Development & Health, PHEW – P (Population Health)

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Local EPrints ID: 350558
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350558
ISSN: 1353-8292
PURE UUID: 80b38d5c-e42a-44ca-8721-1adf27a0a71a
ORCID for Mary Barker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2976-0217
ORCID for Hazel Inskip: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8897-1749
ORCID for Cyrus Cooper: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3510-0709
ORCID for Graham Moon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7256-8397
ORCID for Janis Baird: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4039-4361

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2013 10:22
Last modified: 29 Oct 2019 02:05

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Author: Christina Black
Author: Georgia Ntani
Author: Ross Kenny
Author: Tannaze Tinati
Author: Megan Jarman
Author: Wendy Lawrence
Author: Mary Barker ORCID iD
Author: Hazel Inskip ORCID iD
Author: Cyrus Cooper ORCID iD
Author: Graham Moon ORCID iD
Author: Janis Baird ORCID iD

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