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The development of a healthy eating indicator shopping basket tool (HEISB) for use in food access studies—identification of key food items

Citation
Anderson AS, Dewar J, Marshall D, Cummins S, Taylor M, Dawson J & Sparks L (2007) The development of a healthy eating indicator shopping basket tool (HEISB) for use in food access studies—identification of key food items. Public Health Nutrition, 10 (12), pp. 1440-1447. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1368980007000092

Abstract
Objectives To develop an objective, nutrient-based, healthy eating indicator shopping basket (HEISB) tool for use in studies of access to healthy food. Design Tool development used a literature search to identify previous practice, web information on current definition of healthy foods by the UK Food Standards Agency, and population-based dietary surveys to identify culturally acceptable foods. These findings were then appraised with respect to practical fieldwork considerations. Setting The review took account of surveys undertaken in a range of geographical areas. Results Previous tools have varied in the foods selected and the rationale for inclusion. Most have considered nutritional composition but no systematic definition has been used and foods have been subjectively classified as ‘less healthy’ or ‘more healthy’. Recent UK work on nutrient profiling enabled individual food items to be objectively assessed for inclusion. Data from national food surveys enabled commonly consumed and culturally acceptable foods to be identified. Practical considerations included item use in meals, convenience, price, and fieldwork constraints. Other issues including health and price discriminators as well as regional preferences were considered. The final HEISB tool comprised 35 items within the following categories – 17 from fruit and vegetables, nine from potatoes, bread and cereal, five from fish/meats, three from dairy, and one from fatty and sugary foods. Conclusions The tool provides a rational basis for examining access and availability of healthy foods in cross-sectional and longitudinal retail and consumer studies.

Keywords
Food access; Deprivation; Retailing; Availability; Delivery of goods Management; Food Marketing Case studies; Food industry and trade; Poverty

Journal
Public Health Nutrition: Volume 10, Issue 12

StatusPublished
Author(s)Anderson, Annie S; Dewar, John; Marshall, David; Cummins, Steven; Taylor, Mathew; Dawson, John; Sparks, Leigh
Publication date31/12/2007
Publication date online18/06/2007
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1569
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1368-9800
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