Comparing prices for food and diet research: the metric matters
Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Taylor & Francis
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Jones, N., & Monsivais, P. (2016). Comparing prices for food and diet research: the metric matters. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 11 (3), 370-381. https://doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2015.1095144
An important issue in research into access to healthy food is how best to compare the price of foods. The appropriate metric for comparison has been debated at length, with proponents variously stating food prices should be compared in terms of their energy content, their edible mass or their typical portion size. In this paper we assessed the impact of using different food price metrics on the observed difference in price between food groups and categories of healthiness, using United Kingdom consumer price index data for 148 foods and beverages in 2012. We found that the choice of metric had a marked effect on the findings and conclude that this must be decided in advance to suit the reason for comparing food prices.
The present study was undertaken by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding from the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research, and the Wellcome Trust, under the auspices of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. The funding sources had no role in the design and conduct of the study or in the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data.
Wellcome Trust (087636/Z/08/Z)
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2015.1095144
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