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Large scale food retail interventions and diet

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:683

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Defining access...

The authors address the issue of knowledge about healthy foods and access to them. They forget to mention however a key health determinant, namely socio-economic class. In other words, you may know what to find good food and where to find it, but can you afford to buy it? This chasm may explain why a larger number of people in the lower socio-economic classes suffer health problems (including obesity) than those in the higher ones.

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31 March 2005
Ms. Shefaly Yogendra
Doctoral Scholar, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK