Does food store access modify associations between intrapersonal factors and fruit and vegetable consumption?

Auteur(s) :
Thornton LE., Tseng M., Crawford DA., Ballmer-Weber BK., Lamb KE.
Date :
Août, 2015
Source(s) :
European journal of clinical nutrition. #69:8 p902-6
Adresse :
Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Sommaire de l'article


Existing theoretical frameworks suggest that healthy eating is facilitated by an individual's ability, motivation and environmental opportunities. It is plausible, although largely untested, that the importance of factors related to ability and motivation differ under varied environmental conditions. This study aimed to determine whether the magnitude of associations between fruit and vegetable consumption and intrapersonal factors (ability and motivation) were modified by differences in access to stores selling these items (environmental opportunities).


Cross-sectional analysis of 4335 women from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the state of Victoria, Australia. Self-reported fruit and vegetable consumption was assessed against a number of ability- and motivation-related factors. To examine whether associations were modified by store access, interactions with access to supermarkets and greengrocers within 2 km of participants' households were tested.


Of the two factors related to ability and seven factors related to motivation, almost all were associated with fruit and vegetable consumption. In general, associations were not modified by store access suggesting that these factors were not tempered by environmental opportunities.


This study provides little support for the hypothesis that the importance of intra-personal factors to fruit and vegetable consumption is modified by food store access. Further research on this topic is required to inform behaviour change interventions.

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