Characterization of the School Neighborhood Food Environment in Three Mexican Cities

Erica G. Soltero, Luis Ortiz Hernández, Edtna Jauregui, Lucie Lévesque, Juan Lopez Y Taylor, Simón Barquera, Rebecca Lee

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Abstract

Food resources in school neighborhoods can negatively influence diet; however, this environment is understudied. This study characterized the school neighborhood food environment in Guadalajara (n=11), Puerto Vallarta (n=7), and Mexico City (n=14). Convenience stores, table-service restaurants, and taco stands were highly available in all three cities. Grocery stores were highly available in Mexico City school neighborhoods, yet less frequently observed in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. Socioeconomic differences in food cart and grocery store availability were observed in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. Policy and intervention strategies are needed to address the saturation of food resources in Mexico school neighborhoods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-151
Number of pages13
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2017

Keywords

  • Children
  • community health
  • food environment
  • food resources
  • schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

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