2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Inequality of Food Accessibility around Atlanta

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Posters

Activity ID: NPC187066


  • Disparities in the existing food environment in metro Atlanta
  • Key areas in metro Atlanta that require future planning efforts to bring in more healthy food outlets
  • Run similar analyses in different metro areas as needed


Inequalities in accessibility to food outlets might be associated with the disproportionate burden of obesity in minority and low-income communities. The objective of this study is to quantify the food environment in metro Atlanta by examining the balance of healthy and unhealthy food outlets and exploring its association with key neighborhood characteristics. For people with access to personal vehicles (catchment area of about a four-mile radius), this study found that black-dominant and low-income neighborhoods were, on average, associated with a relatively unhealthy food outlet balance compared to white-dominant and affluent neighborhoods.

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Session Speakers

Mingyang Li
Smyrna, GA

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