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Ann Behav Med. 2009 Dec;38 Suppl 1:S56-73. doi: 10.1007/s12160-009-9120-9.

A review of environmental influences on food choices.

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  • 1University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. larsonn@umn.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Diet-related environmental and policy interventions are being advocated at a population level because individual change is more likely to be facilitated and sustained if the environment within which choices are made supports healthful food options.

PURPOSE:

This study aims to review research that examines factors having an influence on food choices in social environments, physical environments, and macroenvironments.

METHODS:

A snowball strategy was used to identify relevant peer-reviewed studies and reviews, with a focus on research completed in the US and published within the past 10 years.

RESULTS:

Research has identified a number of environmental factors associated with dietary intake; however, the majority of completed studies have methodological limitations which limit their credibility to guide interventions and policy changes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future research will need to emphasize multilevel investigations, examine how associations vary across population subgroups, develop a standard set of measures for assessing food environments and policies, and improve dietary assessment methodology.

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