Journal article

Access and affordability of nutritious food in metropolitan Melbourne

Adam Rossimel, Sun S Han, Kirsten Larsen, Claire Palermo

NUTRITION & DIETETICS | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

AIM: The cost of food is a key determinant of food choice. Little is known about the cost of food in metropolitan areas. The present study aimed to determine access to healthy food across Melbourne, Australia. METHODS: A random sample of 22 out of 31 local government areas was selected for inclusion in the study and one census collection district was chosen for analysis. The cost of a healthy food basket and basket of fruits and vegetables was assessed in a sample of supermarkets and green grocers. A ratio of healthy (supermarkets and grocery stores) to unhealthy (fast food and takeaway outlets) food stores was calculated. RESULTS: The median cost of a healthy food basket across 68 supermark..

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