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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 May-Jun;47(3):259-64. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.01.005.

Using a Grocery List Is Associated With a Healthier Diet and Lower BMI Among Very High-Risk Adults.

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1
RAND Health, RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA. Electronic address: dubowitz@rand.org.
2
RAND Health, RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Examine whether use of a grocery list is associated with healthier diet and weight among food desert residents.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional analysis of in-person interview data from randomly selected household food shoppers in 2 low-income, primarily African American urban neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, PA with limited access to healthy foods.

RESULTS:

Multivariate ordinary least-square regressions conducted among 1,372 participants and controlling for sociodemographic factors and other potential confounding variables indicated that although most of the sample (78%) was overweight or obese, consistently using a list was associated with lower body mass index (based on measured height and weight) (adjusted multivariant coefficient = 0.095) and higher dietary quality (based on the Healthy Eating Index-2005) (adjusted multivariant coefficient = 0.103) (P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Shopping with a list may be a useful tool for low-income individuals to improve diet or decrease body mass index.

KEYWORDS:

body mass index; dietary quality; food desert; food shopping; grocery list

PMID:
25959448
PMCID:
PMC4430323
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2015.01.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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