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Supermarket Choice, Shopping Behavior, Socioeconomic Status, and Food Purchases

Overview of attention for article published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, December 2015
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Title
Supermarket Choice, Shopping Behavior, Socioeconomic Status, and Food Purchases
Published in
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, December 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.04.020
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Authors

Rachel Pechey, Pablo Monsivais

Abstract

Both SES and supermarket choice have been associated with diet quality. This study aimed to assess the contributions of supermarket choice and shopping behaviors to the healthfulness of purchases and social patterning in purchases. Observational panel data on purchases of fruit and vegetables and less-healthy foods/beverages from 2010 were obtained for 24,879 households, stratified by occupational social class (analyzed in 2014). Households' supermarket choice was determined by whether they ever visited market-defined high- or low-price supermarkets. Analyses also explored extent of use within supermarket choice groups. Shopping behaviors included trip frequency, trip size, and number of store chains visited. Households using low-price (and not high-price) supermarkets purchased significantly lower percentages of energy from fruit and vegetables and higher percentages of energy from less-healthy foods/beverages than households using high-price (and not low-price) supermarkets. When controlling for SES and shopping behaviors, the effect of supermarket choice was reduced but remained significant for both fruit and vegetables and less-healthy foods/beverages. The extent of use of low- or high-price supermarkets had limited effects on outcomes. More-frequent trips and fewer small trips were associated with healthier purchasing for both outcomes; visiting more store chains was associated with higher percentages of energy from fruit and vegetables. Although both supermarket choice and shopping behaviors are associated with healthfulness of purchases, neither appears to contribute to socioeconomic differences. Moreover, differences between supermarket environments may not be primary drivers of the relationship between supermarket choice and healthfulness of purchases.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 150 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 22%
Student > Master 31 20%
Student > Bachelor 24 16%
Researcher 22 14%
Unspecified 17 11%
Other 26 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 25 16%
Social Sciences 24 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 18 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 17 11%
Business, Management and Accounting 17 11%
Other 52 34%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 February 2017.
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#1,152,690
of 12,271,878 outputs
Outputs from American Journal of Preventive Medicine
#989
of 3,156 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#29,921
of 237,516 outputs
Outputs of similar age from American Journal of Preventive Medicine
#19
of 57 outputs
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