Members of the writing group for this manuscript, listed in order of their contribution to the writing of the manuscript.
Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally
Article first published online: 17 SEP 2013
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Special Issue: INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases, Research, Monitoring and Action Support): rationale, framework and approach
Volume 14, Issue Supplement S1, pages 82–95, October 2013
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Lee, A., Mhurchu, C. N., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B., Snowdon, W., Vandevijvere, S., Hawkes, C., L'Abbé, M., Rayner, M., Sanders, D., Barquera, S., Friel, S., Kelly, B., Kumanyika, S., Lobstein, T., Ma, J., Macmullan, J., Mohan, S., Monteiro, C., Neal, B., Walker, C. and INFORMAS (2013), Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally. Obesity Reviews, 14: 82–95. doi: 10.1111/obr.12078
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 17 SEP 2013
- The Rockefeller Foundation
- International Obesity Taskforce
- University of Auckland
- Deakin University
- The George Institute
- University of Sydney
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Oxford
- University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
- World Cancer Research Fund International
- University of Toronto
- The Australian National University
- Faculty of Health at Deakin University
- Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems
- Food prices;
- food affordability;
- non-communicable disease;
- food policy
Food prices and food affordability are important determinants of food choices, obesity and non-communicable diseases. As governments around the world consider policies to promote the consumption of healthier foods, data on the relative price and affordability of foods, with a particular focus on the difference between ‘less healthy’ and ‘healthy’ foods and diets, are urgently needed. This paper briefly reviews past and current approaches to monitoring food prices, and identifies key issues affecting the development of practical tools and methods for food price data collection, analysis and reporting. A step-wise monitoring framework, including measurement indicators, is proposed. ‘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. 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. Given the range of methodological, cultural and logistical challenges in this area, it is imperative that all aspects of the proposed monitoring framework are tested rigorously before implementation.