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Appetite. 2009 Oct;53(2):157-65. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.05.012. Epub 2009 May 23.

Changing foodscapes 1980-2000, using the ASH30 Study.

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Human Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, Leech Building, Framlington Place, Newcastle, NE2 4HH, England, UK.


There has been a dramatic change in the UK 'foodscape', accompanied by increasing rates of overweight and obesity. This study explores dietary change and change in BMI recorded longitudinally (1980-2000) against the change in food availability recorded retrospectively. Over 20 years the foodscape changed dramatically, with the total number of food outlets increasing by 79.4%. Analysis did not find a relationship between the foodscape and food intake patterns in 1980 or 2000. However statistically significant associations were found between 1980 foodscape and percent change in BMI. Adding geographical elements to a dietary study adds an interesting dimension in exploring the change in eating and BMI from adolescence to adulthood.

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