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The nature of UK supermarkets’ policies on checkout food and associations with healthfulness and type of food displayed: cross-sectional study

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 2018
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Title
The nature of UK supermarkets’ policies on checkout food and associations with healthfulness and type of food displayed: cross-sectional study
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12966-018-0684-2
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Katrine T. Ejlerskov, Martine Stead, Ashley Adamson, Martin White, Jean Adams

Abstract

Food choices are often determined by stimuli from our immediate surroundings, including strategic placement in shops to encourage impulse purchases. One example of this is food in shop checkout areas. Recently a number of UK supermarkets have voluntarily committed to providing healthier checkout foods. The aim of this study was to document the nature of current UK supermarket checkout food policies; determine whether there are any differences in the healthfulness and type of food displayed at checkouts in supermarkets according to the presence or nature of policies; and determine whether supermarkets are adhering to their checkout food policies. Survey of checkout food policies. Cross-sectional observations in 69 supermarkets (covering 14 store formats) in the East of England in Feb-May 2017 of the number and type of checkout foods on each 'checkout journey' (each possible route through the checkout area). Checkout foods were categorised as less healthy or healthier, using the UK Food Standard's Agency's Nutrient Profile Model, and into food groups. Checkout food policies were categorised as clear and consistent, vague or inconsistent, or absent. Checkout food policies differed between store formats in some supermarket groups. Across the 14 store formats included, two had no checkout food policy, six had 'clear and consistent' policies, and six 'vague or inconsistent' policies. In supermarkets with clear and consistent policies there were a median of 13 products per checkout journey, of which 35% were less healthy. Comparable figures for supermarkets with vague or inconsistent, and absent policies were 15 (57%) and 39 (90%) respectively (ps for trend < 0.001). Whilst most supermarkets with a clear and consistent checkout food policy were fully adherent to their policy, those with vague or inconsistent policies were not. Most UK supermarkets have checkout food policies, but not all are clear and consistent. Supermarkets with clear and consistent policies display fewer checkout foods and a lower proportion of these are less healthy than in other supermarkets. Supermarkets with clear and consistent policies adhere well to these. More stores should be encouraged to develop a clear and consistent checkout food policy. This may require non-voluntary intervention.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 73 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 16 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 16%
Researcher 8 11%
Student > Bachelor 8 11%
Unspecified 3 4%
Other 5 7%
Unknown 21 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 9 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 8%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 7%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 4 5%
Other 15 21%
Unknown 26 36%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 53. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 July 2020.
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