A review of environmental influences on food choices.

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Journal Article (Review)

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.

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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

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19802648

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-4796

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12160-009-9120-9

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • England