Comparison of the Consumer Nutrition Environment Within Chain Supermarkets Located in Low and High Income Communities


Andrea Morris

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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

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Supplement, Page S8


A high prevalence of overweight/obesity has been linked to low income neighborhoods. One factor that has been found to impact this association is the availability of healthy foods in neighborhood supermarkets, but study results are often confounded by differences between stores. Investigating food availability within chain supermarkets may minimize confounders and provide a better understanding of the relationship between neighborhood income level and the consumer nutrition environment. The purpose of this study was to compare the availability, pricing, quality, and shelf space of healthy foods compared to regular food options using the Nutrition Environments Measurement Survey for Stores (NEMS-S) in 36 chain supermarket stores located in low and high income neighborhoods using the model of community nutrition environments.