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Is a Healthy Diet Affordable
and Accessible in the City of
Yarra, Victoria-Australia? An
Analysis of Cost Disparity and
Nutritional Choices
André M. N. Renzaho



School of Health and Social Development , Deakin
University , Burwood, Victoria, Australia
Published online: 12 Jun 2008.

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A. M. N. Renzaho
Diet in Yarra, Victoria-Australia

School of Health and Social Development,
Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia

This study aimed to examine cost disparity and nutritional choices within the City of Yarra (Yarra), targeting three suburbs that have low- and high-rise estates: Richmond, Fitzroy, and Collingwood. The healthy food basket (HFB) was modeled on the Queensland Healthy Food Access Basket for a six-person family for a fortnight and was constructed to include food items that are common to ethnic groups living in Yarra. The HFB food item costs were sampled across 29 food outlets in Yarra. The average cost of HFB per fortnight for a family of six was significantly lower in Richmond (Mean = $419.26) than in Collingwood (Mean = $519.28) and in Fitzroy (Mean = $433.98). While costs for cereal groups, dairy, meats and alternatives, and non-core were comparable across the suburbs, significant differences were noticed for fruit, legumes and vegetables. Geographic location alone explained 54% of the variance in HFB...

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