What is the relative price and affordability of ‘less healthy’ vs ‘healthy’ foods, meals and diets?
Food prices and food affordability are important determinants of food choices, obesity and non-communicable diseases. The monitoring of the price and affordability of ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ foods and diets globally will provide robust data and benchmarks to inform economic and fiscal policy responses.
A step-wise monitoring framework, including measurement indicators, has been proposed for INFORMAS:
- ‘Minimal’ data collection will assess the differential price of ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ foods
- ‘Expanded’ monitoring will assess the differential price of ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ diets
- And the ‘optimal’ approach will also monitor food affordability, by taking into account household income
Professor Public Health Policy
School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
The University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland, Australia
Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally (pages 82–95) A. Lee, C. N. Mhurchu, G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, W. Snowdon, S. Vandevijvere, C. Hawkes, M. L’Abbé, M. Rayner, D. Sanders, S. Barquera, S. Friel, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, C. Walker and INFORMAS
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