Variety and quality of healthy foods differ according to neighbourhood deprivation

Christina Black, Georgia Ntani, Ross Kenny, Tannaze Tinati, Megan Jarman, Wendy Lawrence, Mary Barker, Hazel Inskip, Cyrus Cooper, Graham Moon, Janis Baird

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This study addresses a gap in the food environment literature by investigating spatial differences in the inter relationship of price, variety and quality of food in southern England. We conducted a survey of all grocery stores (n=195) in the city of Southampton, UK, and ranked neighbourhoods according to national quintiles of deprivation. We found no difference in availability or cheapest price across neighbourhoods. However, the poorest neighbourhoods had less variety of healthy products and poorer quality fruit and vegetables than more affluent neighbourhoods. Dietary inequalities may be exacerbated by differences in the variety and quality of healthy foods sold locally; these factors may influence whether or not consumers purchase healthy foods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1292-1299
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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© 2012, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


  • England/epidemiology
  • Food Quality
  • Food Supply/standards
  • Fruit
  • Humans
  • Poverty Areas
  • Residence Characteristics/statistics & numerical data
  • Vegetables


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