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Health Place. 2008 Dec;14(4):740-54. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.12.001. Epub 2007 Dec 15.

The association between neighborhood socioeconomic status and exposure to supermarkets and fast food outlets.

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  • 1Department of Geography, University of Delaware, 216 Pearson Hall, Newark, DE 19716, USA.


This study examines whether exposure to supermarkets and fast food outlets varies with neighborhood-level socioeconomic status in Edmonton, Canada. Only market area and fast food proximity predicted supermarket exposure. For fast food outlets, the odds of exposure were greater in areas with more Aboriginals, renters, lone parents, low-income households, and public transportation commuters; and lower in those with higher median income and dwelling value. Low wealth, renter-occupied, and lone parent neighborhoods had greater exposure to fast food outlets, which was not offset by better supermarket access. The implications are troubling for fast food consumption among lone parent families in light of growing obesity rates among children.

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