The health equity dimensions of urban food systems

Dixon, Jane, Omwega, Abiud M., Friel, Sharon, Burns, Cate, Donati, Kelly and Carlisle, Rachel 2007, The health equity dimensions of urban food systems, Journal of urban health, vol. 84, no. 1, pp. 118-129.


Title The health equity dimensions of urban food systems
Author(s) Dixon, Jane
Omwega, Abiud M.
Friel, Sharon
Burns, Cate
Donati, Kelly
Carlisle, Rachel
Journal name Journal of urban health
Volume number 84
Issue number 1
Start page 118
End page 129
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication Cary, NC
Publication date 2007-05
ISSN 1099-3460
1468-2869
Keyword(s) urban food and nutrition systems
health inequities
nutrition transition
social determinants of nutrition
urban agriculture and food distribution
urban nutrition interventions
Summary There is increasing recognition that the nutrition transition sweeping the world’s cities is multifaceted. Urban food and nutrition systems are beginning to share similar features, including an increase in dietary diversity, a convergence toward “Western-style” diets rich in fat and refined carbohydrate and within-country bifurcation of food supplies and dietary conventions. Unequal access to the available dietary diversity, calories, and gastronomically satisfying eating experience leads to nutritional inequalities and diet-related health inequities in rich and poor cities alike. Understanding the determinants of inequalities in food security and nutritional quality is a precondition for developing preventive policy responses. Finding common solutions to under- and overnutrition is required, the first step of which is poverty eradication through creating livelihood strategies. In many cities, thousands of positions of paid employment could be created through the establishment of sustainable and self-sufficient local food systems, including urban agriculture and food processing initiatives, food distribution centers, healthy food market services, and urban planning that provides for multiple modes of transport to food outlets. Greater engagement with the food supply may dispel many of the food anxieties affluent consumers are experiencing.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, The New York Academy of Medicine
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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