The impact of a new McDonald's restaurant on eating behaviours and perceptions of local residents: a natural experiment using repeated cross-sectional data

Thornton, Lukar E., Ball, Kylie, Lamb, Karen E., McCann, Jennifer, Parker, Kate and Crawford, David A. 2016, The impact of a new McDonald's restaurant on eating behaviours and perceptions of local residents: a natural experiment using repeated cross-sectional data, Health & place, vol. 39, pp. 86-91, doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.03.005.

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Title The impact of a new McDonald's restaurant on eating behaviours and perceptions of local residents: a natural experiment using repeated cross-sectional data
Author(s) Thornton, Lukar E.ORCID iD for Thornton, Lukar E. orcid.org/0000-0001-8759-8671
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Lamb, Karen E.ORCID iD for Lamb, Karen E. orcid.org/0000-0001-9782-8450
McCann, JenniferORCID iD for McCann, Jennifer orcid.org/0000-0002-8940-978X
Parker, Kate
Crawford, David A.ORCID iD for Crawford, David A. orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Journal name Health & place
Volume number 39
Start page 86
End page 91
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 1873-2054
Keyword(s) fast food
built environment
neighbourhood
natural experiment
eating behaviours
Summary Neighbourhood food environments are posited as an important determinant of eating behaviours; however causality is difficult to establish based on existing studies. Using a natural experiment study design (incorporating repeated cross-sectional data), we tested whether the development of a new McDonald's restaurant increased the frequency of consumption of McDonald's products amongst local residents in the suburbs of Tecoma (site of a new McDonald's restaurant development) and Monbulk (control site) in Victoria, Australia. Across both sites, the reported frequency of McDonald's consumption did not change during the follow-up surveys. In the context explored, the development of a new McDonald's restaurant has not resulted in an increased consumption of McDonald's products.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.03.005
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1604 Human Geography
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082470

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