Influence of individual life course and neighbourhood socioeconomic position on dietary intake in African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study

Year Published: 2019


BMJ Open


Gao Y, Hickson DA, Talegawkar S, Norwood AF, Tucker KL, Sims M, Diez Roux AV, Griswold M


In this study, researchers looked at the dietary behaviors of 3948 participants in the Jackson's Heart Study. The study was designed to look at the impact of life course and neighborhood socioeconomic position on dietary intake among African Americans.

Key Findings

Key Findings: Various measures of socioeconomic position were associated with dietary intake, including intake of nuts. In general, a higher socioeconomic position was associated with higher intake of nuts. Authors discuss that this finding may be due, in part, to the lack of supermarkets and access to healthy foods in lower-income African-American neighborhoods.