MinervaBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7521.914 (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:914
Over the past 30 years, supermarkets have tended to abandon inner cities for out of town locations. Some nutritionists believe that this has contributed to the poor diet of urban residents on low incomes, who are forced to pay more for groceries in nearby convenience stores. An economic analysis points out that, as the out of town market becomes saturated, the potential for community organisations to attract supermarkets back to urban neighbourhoods is increasing. This sort of initiative may be more successful in improving peoples' eating habits than repeated exhortations to consume five portions of vegetables a day (Economic Development Quarterly 2005;19: 232-44).