The local food environment and diet: A systematic review
Caspi, Caitlin E.
Subramanian, S. V.
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CitationCaspi, Caitlin E., Glorian Sorensen, S.V. Subramanian, and Ichiro Kawachi. 2012. “The Local Food Environment and Diet: A Systematic Review.” Health & Place 18 (5): 1172–87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.05.006.
AbstractDespite 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.
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