Retail Environments as a Venue for Obesity Prevention

Angela Odoms-Young, Chelsea R. Singleton, Sparkle Springfield, Leilah McNabb, Terry Thompson

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Increasing attention has been given to the role of retail food environments in shaping dietary behavior and obesity risk. Studies have generally shown an association between living in a neighborhood with or in close proximity to certain types of food outlets and/or the availability of healthy food options and better dietary quality, higher fruit/vegetable intakes, and a lower risk of overweight, even after controlling for individual/family level characteristics. However, research in this area has yielded mixed results, overall. Future research needs to identify consistent approaches for defining and measuring food retail environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-191
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent obesity reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Dietary behaviors
  • Obesity
  • Retail food environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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