Measuring food access in Melbourne: access to healthy and fast foods by car, bus and foot in an urban municipality in Melbourne

Burns, Cate and Inglis, A. D. 2007, Measuring food access in Melbourne: access to healthy and fast foods by car, bus and foot in an urban municipality in Melbourne, Health & place, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 877-885.


Title Measuring food access in Melbourne: access to healthy and fast foods by car, bus and foot in an urban municipality in Melbourne
Author(s) Burns, Cate
Inglis, A. D.
Journal name Health & place
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 877
End page 885
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 1353-8292
1873-2054
Keyword(s) food
socio-economic disadvantage
mapping
fast food
Summary Access to healthy food can be an important determinant of a healthy diet. This paper describes the assessment of access to healthy and unhealthy foods using a GIS accessibility programme in a large outer municipality of Melbourne. Access to a major supermarket was used as a proxy for access to a healthy diet and fast food outlet as proxy for access to unhealthy food. Our results indicated that most (>80%) residents lived within an 8–10 min car journey of a major supermarket i.e. have good access to a healthy diet. However, more advantaged areas had closer access to supermarkets, conversely less advantaged areas had closer access to fast food outlets. These findings have application for urban planners, public health practitioners and policy makers.
Language eng
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007695

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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