Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Understanding the Rural Food Environment--Perspectives of Low-Income Parents

Abstract: 

Introduction: Childhood obesity rates appear to be more pronounced among youth in rural areas of the USA. The availability of retail food outlets in rural communities that sell quality, affordable, nutritious foods may be an important factor for encouraging rural families to select a healthy diet and potentially reduce obesity rates. Researchers use the term 'food desert' to describe communities where access to healthy and affordable food is limited. Understanding the ways in which the food environment and food deserts impact childhood obesity may be a key component to designing interventions that increase the availability of healthy and affordable foods, thus improving the health of rural communities.<br></br>
Methods: The food environment was investigated in 6 rural low-income Maine communities to assess how food environments affect eating behaviors and obesity rates of rural children enrolled in Medicaid/State Children

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Publish Date: 
April 25, 2011
URL: 
http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1631