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Washington Study Finds Distance to Supermarket Makes No Difference to Diet Quality

Distance from a supermarket does not make a difference to a person’s diet quality, according to research in Seattle led by the University of Washington School of Public Health. Instead, where people choose to shop – often far from their neighborhoods – has more of an impact on their consumption of fruits and vegetables. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that only one-third of shoppers regularly went to their nearest supermarket. Most traveled by car. “Clearly, people tend to bypass a multitude of supermarkets, grocery and ethnic stores near their homes to get to their primary supermarket of choice,” said lead author Dr. Anju Aggarwal, research associate at the School’s Center for Obesity Research.