Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Is Home Cooking associated with access to grocery stores and restaurants?

Little is known about the relation between the neighbourhood food environment and home cooking.We explored the independent and combined associations between residential neighbourhood spatial access to restaurants and grocery stores with home cooking in European adults. For this we used data from 5076 adults from five urban areas in different countries in Europe, as part of the Spotlight study. Food retailers were classified into grocery stores and restaurants. A paper describing this study was just published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, with Gabi Pinho as first author.
Our study showed that greater neighbourhood spatial access to restaurants was associated with lower frequency of home cooking, largely independent of access to grocery stores.