The increasing cost of healthy food

Harrison, Michelle, Lee, Amanda, Findlay, Michael, Nicholls, Ralph, Leonard, Dympna and Martin, Caroline (2010) The increasing cost of healthy food. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34 2: 179-186. doi:10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00504.x

Author Harrison, Michelle
Lee, Amanda
Findlay, Michael
Nicholls, Ralph
Leonard, Dympna
Martin, Caroline
Title The increasing cost of healthy food
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00504.x
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 186
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To assess changes in the cost and availability of a standard basket of healthy food items (the Healthy Food Access Basket [HFAB]) In Queensland.

Methods: Analysis of five cross-sectional surveys (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006) describes changes over time. Eightynine stores in five remoteness categories were surveyed during May 2006. For the first time a sampling framework based on randomisation of towns throughout the state was applied and the survey was conducted by Queensland Treasury.

Results: Compared with the costs in major cities, in 2006 the mean cost of the HFAB was $107.81 (24.2%) higher in very remote stores in Queensland, but $145.57 (32.6%) higher In stores more than 2, 000 kilometres from Brisbane. Over six years the cost of the HFAB has increased by around 50% ($148.87) across Queensland and, where data was available, by more than the cost of less healthy alternatives. The Consumer Price Index for food in Brisbane increased by 32.5% over the same period.

Conclusions and Implications:
Australians, no matter where they live, need access to affordable, healthy food. Issues of food security in the face of rising food costs are of concern particularly in the current global economic downturn. There is an urgent need to nationally monitor, but also sustainably address the factors affecting the price of healthy foods, particularly for vulnerable groups who suffer a disproportionate burden of poor health. © 2010 The Authors.
Keyword Food supply
Consumer price index
Cost of living
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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