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The relationship between unhealthy food sales, socio-economic deprivation and childhood weight status: results of a cross-sectional study in England

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, January 2016
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Title
The relationship between unhealthy food sales, socio-economic deprivation and childhood weight status: results of a cross-sectional study in England
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, January 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12966-016-0345-2
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Stephanie Howard Wilsher, Flo Harrison, Fred Yamoah, Andrew Fearne, Andy Jones, Howard Wilsher, Stephanie, Harrison, Flo, Yamoah, Fred, Fearne, Andrew, Jones, Andy

Abstract

Recent increases in obesity prevalence have led to research into the neighbourhood food environment. Research suggests that proximity and density of food outlets around the home is associated with childhood obesity prevalence, however, the evidence is inconclusive, and associations between food outlet locations and diet are less clear. The purpose of this study is to assess area level associations between sales of unhealthy foods in supermarkets and weight status of children. This study examined the association between weight status in children (4-5 year olds and 10-11 year olds) measured in the National Child Measurement Programme over three time points (2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11) and annual sales of unhealthy foods (2012/3), as identified from a large supermarket chain. Geographical analysis was conducted to link store-based food sales for 537 stores with 6517 UK Census Areas. Unadjusted associations were examined with error-bar plots and linear regression was used to examine the relationship between the prevalence of overweight and obesity and sales of unhealthy food, while controlling for covariates known to predict weight status in children. A statistically significant relationship was identified between the sales of unhealthy foods and the prevalence of overweight and obese children in both age groups (p < 0.01). Of the covariates, area deprivation was positively associated with weight status (p < 0.001). Non-white population (%) was negatively associated (p < 0.001) with overweight and obesity among Reception children, but positively associated with the other weight statuses (p < 0.001). A higher proportion of children in the same age group were associated with statistically significantly lower overweight and obesity prevalence in Reception (p <0.01) but not Year 6 children. The study provides novel findings linking supermarket food sales with the weight status of children. Food sales in geographically referenced supermarkets are a valuable source of data for research into the factors that influence the weight of the surrounding population. Future research could identify factors that might modify food shopping in supermarkets and use of purchasing data could be an effective way to measure the impact of healthy eating campaigns on the weight status of children over time.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Peru 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 132 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 26 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 16%
Student > Bachelor 20 15%
Researcher 10 7%
Student > Postgraduate 7 5%
Other 19 14%
Unknown 31 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 32 24%
Nursing and Health Professions 21 16%
Social Sciences 11 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 7%
Psychology 10 7%
Other 17 13%
Unknown 34 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. 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 21 October 2017.
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#2,035,493
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#840
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#36,640
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Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#9
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