Journal article

The impact of interventions to promote healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets open to the general public: a systematic review

FC Hillier-Brown, CD Summerbell, HJ Moore, A Routen, AA Lake, J Adams, M White, V Araujo-Soares, C Abraham, AJ Adamson, TJ Brown

Obesity Reviews | WILEY | Published : 2017


INTRODUCTION: Ready-to-eat meals sold by food outlets that are accessible to the general public are an important target for public health intervention. We conducted a systematic review to assess the impact of such interventions. METHODS: Studies of any design and duration that included any consumer-level or food-outlet-level before-and-after data were included. RESULTS: Thirty studies describing 34 interventions were categorized by type and coded against the Nuffield intervention ladder: restrict choice = trans fat law (n = 1), changing pre-packed children's meal content (n = 1) and food outlet award schemes (n = 2); guide choice = price increases for unhealthier choices (n = 1), incentive (..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded as part of the UK National Institute of Health Research's School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) project: Transforming the 'foodscape': development and feasibility testing of interventions to promote healthier takeaway, pub or restaurant food. With additional support from Durham and Newcastle Universities and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care of the South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC). The School for Public Health Research (SPHR) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). SPHR is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge and Exeter; University College London; The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; the LiLaC collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster; and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a collaboration between Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities. Authors F. H. B., C. D. S., H. J. M., W. L. W., A. A., V. A. S. and A. A. L. are members of Fuse; and J. A. and M. W. are funded by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). Fuse and CEDAR are UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Public Health Research Centres of Excellence. Funding for Fuse and CEDAR comes from the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research and the Wellcome Trust, under the auspices of the UKCRC, and is gratefully acknowledged. A. A. is funded by the NIHR as an NIHR Research Professor.