Gaps and priorities in assessment of food environments for children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries

Bianca Carducci, Christina Oh, Daniel E. Roth, Lynnette M. Neufeld, Edward A. Frongillo, Mary R. L’Abbe, Jessica Fanzo, Anna Herforth, Daniel W. Sellen, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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Abstract

School-aged children and adolescents have complex interactions with their food environments—the point of engagement of individuals with the food system—and are influenced by a diversity of individual, household and organizational factors. Although a wide range of methods have been proposed to define, monitor and evaluate food environments, few are tailored to school-aged children and adolescents. Here, we interrogate published literature on food metrics and methodologies for the characterization of food environments for school-aged children and adolescents living in low- and middle-income counties. We identify key priority actions and potential indicators for better monitoring and evaluation to galvanize policymaking to improve the healthiness of these interactions, which are so crucial to future adult well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-403
Number of pages8
JournalNature Food
Volume2
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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