Determining Impacts on Diets in Diverse Communities: Food Deserts and Nutritious Food Access

Authors: Dylan Campbell*, University of Texas at Dallas
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Medical and Health Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Food Deserts, Nutritious Food Access, Diets, Health, Public Health, Nutrition
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Food deserts have been a controversial topic in terms of definition and the usefulness of classifying areas primarily based on physical access and affordability. Despite the controversy, the end goal of food desert research and other research into food access and diets should be to discover and implement ways to improve the diets of people of all backgrounds. With this goal in mind, the hope is to conduct a survey of a diverse group of communities in Dallas, Texas that evaluates how a variety of potential factors affect what food people consume. The potential factors being considered are physical access, affordability, education, time cost, and desire. The overall goal is to help inform and inspire methods and policies working on improving diets in Dallas, while contributing to current research and providing a framework for other cities to analyze food consumption and access.

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