Variety and quality of healthy foods differ according to neighbourhood deprivation

Health Place. 2012 Nov;18(6):1292-9. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.09.003. Epub 2012 Sep 18.


This study addresses a gap in the food environment literature by investigating spatial differences in the inter relationship of price, variety and quality of food in southern England. We conducted a survey of all grocery stores (n=195) in the city of Southampton, UK, and ranked neighbourhoods according to national quintiles of deprivation. We found no difference in availability or cheapest price across neighbourhoods. However, the poorest neighbourhoods had less variety of healthy products and poorer quality fruit and vegetables than more affluent neighbourhoods. Dietary inequalities may be exacerbated by differences in the variety and quality of healthy foods sold locally; these factors may influence whether or not consumers purchase healthy foods.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • England / epidemiology
  • Food Quality*
  • Food Supply / standards*
  • Food Supply / statistics & numerical data
  • Fruit
  • Humans
  • Poverty Areas*
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Vegetables