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Examining the Food Retail Choice Context in Urban Food Deserts, Ohio, 2015


The map shows that Neighborhoods 1 and 2 contained mostly low- and medium-scoring stores (context 3) or low-, medium-, and high-scoring stores (context 4). Lower scores reflect lower availability, higher pricing, and reduced quality of healthy food options and higher rates of advertising of unhealthy products. Findings suggest there is heterogeneity of food retail choice within urban food desert neighborhoods and highlight the need to move beyond the current conceptualization and measurement of food deserts.

Distribution of food retail choice contexts within 2 urban food desert neighborhoods, Ohio, 2015. Store scores (low, ≤10; medium, 11–29; high, ≥30) are based on Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in Convenience Stores (NEMS-CS) and Bridging the Gap Community Obesity Measures Project (BTG-COMP).

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