A review of environmental influences on food choices.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Background

Diet-related environmental and policy interventions are being advocated at a population level because individual change is more likely to be facilitated and sustained if the environment within which choices are made supports healthful food options.

Purpose

This study aims to review research that examines factors having an influence on food choices in social environments, physical environments, and macroenvironments.

Methods

A snowball strategy was used to identify relevant peer-reviewed studies and reviews, with a focus on research completed in the US and published within the past 10 years.

Results

Research has identified a number of environmental factors associated with dietary intake; however, the majority of completed studies have methodological limitations which limit their credibility to guide interventions and policy changes.

Conclusions

Future research will need to emphasize multilevel investigations, examine how associations vary across population subgroups, develop a standard set of measures for assessing food environments and policies, and improve dietary assessment methodology.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Larson, N; Story, M

Published Date

  • December 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 Suppl 1 /

Start / End Page

  • S56 - S73

PubMed ID

  • 19802648

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-4796

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0883-6612

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12160-009-9120-9

Language

  • eng