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Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally

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Abstract


  • Food prices and food affordability are important determinants of food

    choices, obesity and non-communicable diseases. As governments around

    the world consider policies to promote the consumption of healthier foods,

    data on the relative price and affordability of foods, with a particular focus

    on the difference between ‘less healthy’ and ‘healthy’ foods and diets, are

    urgently needed. This paper briefly reviews past and current approaches to

    monitoring food prices, and identifies key issues affecting the development

    of practical tools and methods for food price data collection, analysis and

    reporting. A step-wise monitoring framework, including measurement indicators,

    is proposed. ‘Minimal’ data collection will assess the differential

    price of ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ foods; ‘expanded’ monitoring will assess

    the differential price of ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ diets; and the ‘optimal’

    approach will also monitor food affordability, by taking into account

    household income. The monitoring of the price and affordability of

    ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ foods and diets globally will provide robust data

    and benchmarks to inform economic and fiscal policy responses. Given the

    range of methodological, cultural and logistical challenges in this area, it is

    imperative that all aspects of the proposed monitoring framework are

    tested rigorously before implementation.

Authors


  •   Lee, A (external author)
  •   Mhurchu, C N. (external author)
  •   Sacks, G (external author)
  •   Swinburn, Boyd A. (external author)
  •   Snowdon, W (external author)
  •   Vandevijvere, S (external author)
  •   Hawkes, C (external author)
  •   L'Abbe, M (external author)
  •   Rayner, M (external author)
  •   Sanders, D (external author)
  •   Barquera, S (external author)
  •   Friel, Sharon (external author)
  •   Kelly, Bridget
  •   Kumanyika, S (external author)
  •   Lobstein, T (external author)
  •   Ma, J (external author)
  •   Macmullan, J (external author)
  •   Mohan, S (external author)
  •   Monteiro, C (external author)
  •   Neal, Bruce (external author)
  •   Walker, C (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Lee, A., Mhurchu, C. N., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B. A., Snowdon, W., Vandevijvere, S., Hawkes, C., L'Abbe, M., Rayner, M., Sanders, D., Barquera, S., Friel, S., Kelly, B. P., Kumanyika, S., Lobstein, T., Ma, J., Macmullan, J., Mohan, S., Monteiro, C., Neal, B. & Walker, C. (2013). Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally. Obesity Reviews, 14 (Suppl. S1), 82-95.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84885170182

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2225&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1207

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 82

End Page


  • 95

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • Suppl. S1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Food prices and food affordability are important determinants of food

    choices, obesity and non-communicable diseases. As governments around

    the world consider policies to promote the consumption of healthier foods,

    data on the relative price and affordability of foods, with a particular focus

    on the difference between ‘less healthy’ and ‘healthy’ foods and diets, are

    urgently needed. This paper briefly reviews past and current approaches to

    monitoring food prices, and identifies key issues affecting the development

    of practical tools and methods for food price data collection, analysis and

    reporting. A step-wise monitoring framework, including measurement indicators,

    is proposed. ‘Minimal’ data collection will assess the differential

    price of ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ foods; ‘expanded’ monitoring will assess

    the differential price of ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ diets; and the ‘optimal’

    approach will also monitor food affordability, by taking into account

    household income. The monitoring of the price and affordability of

    ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ foods and diets globally will provide robust data

    and benchmarks to inform economic and fiscal policy responses. Given the

    range of methodological, cultural and logistical challenges in this area, it is

    imperative that all aspects of the proposed monitoring framework are

    tested rigorously before implementation.

Authors


  •   Lee, A (external author)
  •   Mhurchu, C N. (external author)
  •   Sacks, G (external author)
  •   Swinburn, Boyd A. (external author)
  •   Snowdon, W (external author)
  •   Vandevijvere, S (external author)
  •   Hawkes, C (external author)
  •   L'Abbe, M (external author)
  •   Rayner, M (external author)
  •   Sanders, D (external author)
  •   Barquera, S (external author)
  •   Friel, Sharon (external author)
  •   Kelly, Bridget
  •   Kumanyika, S (external author)
  •   Lobstein, T (external author)
  •   Ma, J (external author)
  •   Macmullan, J (external author)
  •   Mohan, S (external author)
  •   Monteiro, C (external author)
  •   Neal, Bruce (external author)
  •   Walker, C (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Lee, A., Mhurchu, C. N., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B. A., Snowdon, W., Vandevijvere, S., Hawkes, C., L'Abbe, M., Rayner, M., Sanders, D., Barquera, S., Friel, S., Kelly, B. P., Kumanyika, S., Lobstein, T., Ma, J., Macmullan, J., Mohan, S., Monteiro, C., Neal, B. & Walker, C. (2013). Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally. Obesity Reviews, 14 (Suppl. S1), 82-95.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84885170182

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2225&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1207

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 82

End Page


  • 95

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • Suppl. S1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom