Review Articles & Commentaries

This compilation of review articles and commentaries provides a broad overview of measures of the food environment based on the available published scientific literature between 2005 and 2012. The articles typically do not focus on single instruments.

Ball K, Timperio AF, Crawford DA. Understanding environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors: where should we look and what should we count? Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2006 Sep 26;3:33.

Beaulac J, Kristjansson E, Cummins S. A systematic review of food deserts, 1966-2007. Prev Chronic Dis 2009 Jul;6(3):A105. Review.

Bryant M, Stevens J. Measurement of food availability in the home. Nutr Rev 2006 Feb;64(2 Pt 1):67-76. Review.

Caspi CE, Sorensen G, Subramanian SV, Kawachi I. The local food environment and diet: A systematic review. Health and Place 2012 Sep;18(5):1172-87. Review.

Chaloupka FJ, Powell LM. Price, availability, and youth obesity: evidence from Bridging the Gap. Prev Chronic Dis 2009 Jul;6(3):A93.

Charreire H, Casey R, Salze P, Simon C, Chaix B, Banos A, Badariotti D, Weber C, Oppert JM. Measuring the food environment using geographical information systems: a methodological review. Public Health Nutr 2010 Apr 21:1-13.

Chow CK, Lock K, Teo K, Subramanian SV, McKee M, Yusuf S. Environmental and societal influences acting on cardiovascular risk factors and disease at a population level: a review. Int J Epidemiol 2009 Dec;38(6):1580-94. Review.

Cummins S. Neighbourhood food environment and diet: time for improved conceptual models? Prev Med 2007 Mar;44(3):196-7.

Elinder LS, Jansson M. Obesogenic environments--aspects on measurement and indicators. Public Health Nutr 2009 Mar;12(3):307-15.

Feng J, Glass TA, Curriero FC, Stewart WF, Schwartz BS. The built environment and obesity: a systematic review of the epidemiologic evidence. Health Place 2010 Mar;16(2):175-90.

Fleischhacker SE, Evenson KR, Rodriguez DA, Ammerman AS. A systematic review of fast food access studies. Obes Rev 2010 Feb 8.

Ford PB, Dzewaltowski DA. Disparities in obesity prevalence due to variation in the retail food environment: three testable hypotheses. Nutr Rev 2008 Apr;66(4):216-28. Review.

French SA, Shimotsu ST, Wall M, Gerlach AF. Capturing the spectrum of household food and beverage purchasing behavior: a review. J Am Diet Assoc 2008 Dec;108(12):2051-8. Review.

Galvez MP, Pearl M, Yen IH. Childhood obesity and the built environment. Curr Opin Pediatr 2010 Apr;22(2):202-7.

Giskes K, Kamphuis CB, van Lenthe FJ, Kremers S, Droomers M, Brug J. A systematic review of associations between environmental factors, energy and fat intakes among adults: is there evidence for environments that encourage obesogenic dietary intakes? Public Health Nutr 2007 Oct;10(10):1005-17. Review.

Giskes K, van Lenthe F, Avendano-Pabon M, Brug J. A systematic review of environmental factors and obesogenic dietary intakes among adults: are we getting closer to understanding obesogenic environments? Obes Rev 2010 Jul 6.

Gittelsohn J, Sharma S. Physical, consumer, and social aspects of measuring the food environment among diverse low-income populations. Am J Prev Med 2009 Apr;36(4 Suppl):S161-5.

Glanz K. Measuring food environments: a historical perspective. Am J Prev Med 2009 Apr;36(4 Suppl):S93-8.

Glanz K, Sallis JF, Saelens BE, Frank LD. Healthy nutrition environments: concepts and measures. Am J Health Promot 2005 May-Jun;19(5):330-3, ii. Review.

Gustafson A, Hankins S, Jilcott S. Measures of the Consumer Food Store Environment: A Systematic Review of the Evidence 2000-2011. Journal of Community Health 2011 Dec 10.

Holsten JE. Obesity and the community food environment: a systematic review. Public Health Nutr 2009 Mar;12(3):397-405. Review.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Baranowski JC. Fruit and vegetable availability: a micro environmental mediating variable? Public Health Nutr 2007 Jul;10(7):681-9.

Jakubowski B, Frumkin H. Environmental metrics for community health improvement. Prev Chronic Dis 2010 Jul;7(4):A76.

Kamphuis CB, Giskes K, de Bruijn GJ, Wendel-Vos W, Brug J, van Lenthe FJ. Environmental determinants of fruit and vegetable consumption among adults: a systematic review. Br J Nutr 2006 Oct;96(4):620-35. Review.

Kelly B, Flood VM, Yeatman H. Measuring local food environments: An overview of available methods and measures. Health Place 2011 Sep 3.

Krukowski RA, West DS. Consideration of the food environment in cancer risk reduction. J Am Diet Assoc 2010 Jun;110(6):842-4.

Kwate NO. Fried chicken and fresh apples: racial segregation as a fundamental cause of fast food density in black neighborhoods. Health Place 2008 Mar;14(1):32-44.

Larson NI, Story MT, Nelson MC. Neighborhood environments: disparities in access to healthy foods in the U.S. Am J Prev Med 2009 Jan;36(1):74-81. Review.

Lovasi GS, Hutson MA, Guerra M, Neckerman KM. Built environments and obesity in disadvantaged populations. Epidemiol Rev 2009;31:7-20. Review.

Lytle LA. Measuring the food environment: state of the science. Am J Prev Med 2009 Apr;36(4 Suppl):S134-44. Review.

Macintyre S. Deprivation amplification revisited; or, is it always true that poorer places have poorer access to resources for healthy diets and physical activity? Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2007 Aug 7;4:32.

McKinnon RA, Reedy J, Morrissette MA, Lytle LA, Yaroch AL. Measures of the food environment: a compilation of the literature, 1990-2007. Am J Prev Med 2009 Apr;36(4 Suppl):S124-33. Review.

Mikkelsen BE. Images of foodscapes: introduction to foodscape studies and their application in the study of healthy eating out-of-home environments. Perspectives in Public Health 2011 Sep;131(5):209-16.

Morales A, Kettles G. Healthy food outside: farmers' markets, taco trucks, and sidewalk fruit vendors. J Contemp Health Law Policy 2009 Fall;26(1):20-48.

Odoms-Young AM, Zenk S, Mason M. Measuring food availability and access in African-American communities: implications for intervention and policy. Am J Prev Med 2009 Apr;36(4 Suppl):S145-50.

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Leviton LC. Measuring food environments: a guide to available instruments. Am J Health Promot 2010 Jul-Aug;24(6):410-26.

Papas MA, Alberg AJ, Ewing R, Helzlsouer KJ, Gary TL, Klassen AC. The built environment and obesity. Epidemiol Rev 2007;29:129-43. Review.

Pearson N, Biddle SJ, Gorely T. Family correlates of fruit and vegetable consumption in children and adolescents: a systematic review. Public Health Nutr 2009 Feb;12(2):267-83. Review.

Pinard CA, Yaroch AL, Hart MH, Serrano EL, McFerren MM, Estabrooks PA. Measures of the home environment related to childhood obesity: a systematic review. Public Health Nutr 2011 Sep 7:1-13.

Powell LM, Han E, Chaloupka FJ. Economic Contextual Factors, Food Consumption, and Obesity among U.S. Adolescents. J Nutr 2010 Apr 14.

Rahman T, Cushing RA, Jackson RJ. Contributions of built environment to childhood obesity. Mt Sinai J Med 2011 Jan;78(1):49-57.

Rose D, Bodor JN, Hutchinson PL, Swalm CM. The Importance of a Multi-Dimensional Approach for Studying the Links between Food Access and Consumption. J Nutr 2010 Apr 21.

Rosenkranz RR, Dzewaltowski DA. Model of the home food environment pertaining to childhood obesity. Nutr Rev 2008 Mar;66(3):123-40. Review.

Sharkey JR. Measuring potential access to food stores and food-service places in rural areas in the U.S. Am J Prev Med 2009 Apr;36(4 Suppl):S151-5.

Story M, Kaphingst KM, Robinson-O'Brien R, Glanz K. Creating healthy food and eating environments: policy and environmental approaches. Annu Rev Public Health 2008;29:253-72. Review.

Thornton LE, Pearce JR, Kavanagh AM. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assess the role of the built environment in influencing obesity: a glossary. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2011 Jul 1;8(1):71.

Townshend T, Lake AA. Obesogenic urban form: theory, policy and practice. Health Place 2009 Dec;15(4):909-16. Review.

van der Horst K, Oenema A, Ferreira I, Wendel-Vos W, Giskes K, van Lenthe F, Brug J. A systematic review of environmental correlates of obesity-related dietary behaviors in youth. Health Educ Res 2007 Apr;22(2):203-26. Review.

Walker RE, Keane CR, Burke JG. Disparities and access to healthy food in the United States: A review of food deserts literature. Health Place 2010 Apr 24.

White M. Food access and obesity. Obes Rev 2007 Mar;8 Suppl 1:99-107. Review.