An Assessment of the Food Retail Environment in Counties with High Obesity Rates in Mississippi

Linlin Fan, Elizabeth Canales, Brent Fountain, David Buys

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Low dietary quality and high obesity rates have been associated with poor food environments. Existing literature on food environments generally uses store audits, which presents several limitations. Our study addresses this shortcoming by using store-level scanner data to analyze prices and store healthfulness across counties with high and low obesity rates in Mississippi. We find that overall food prices are lower in counties with higher obesity rates, which seems to be driven by the lower prices of unhealthy foods. In contrast, healthy foods are more expensive in counties with higher rates of obesity compared with the rest of the state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-593
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

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Funding Information:
This publication was supported by Grant or Cooperative Agreement number 58DP006572, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • Food environment
  • Mississippi
  • food price
  • fruit and vegetable
  • obesity
  • scanner data
  • store healthfulness


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