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Health Place. 2012 Sep;18(5):1172-87. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.05.006. Epub 2012 May 31.

The local food environment and diet: a systematic review.

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Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02114, USA. caitlincaspi@gmail.com

Abstract

Despite growing attention to the problem of obesogenic environments, there has not been a comprehensive review evaluating the food environment-diet relationship. This study aims to evaluate this relationship in the current literature, focusing specifically on the method of exposure assessment (GIS, survey, or store audit). This study also explores 5 dimensions of "food access" (availability, accessibility, affordability, accommodation, acceptability) using a conceptual definition proposed by Penchansky and Thomas (1981). Articles were retrieved through a systematic keyword search in Web of Science and supplemented by the reference lists of included studies. Thirty-eight studies were reviewed and categorized by the exposure assessment method and the conceptual dimensions of access it captured. GIS-based measures were the most common measures, but were less consistently associated with diet than other measures. Few studies examined dimensions of affordability, accommodation, and acceptability. Because GIS-based measures on their own may not capture important non-geographic dimensions of access, a set of recommendations for future researchers is outlined.

PMID:
22717379
PMCID:
PMC3684395
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.05.006
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