Comparing different residential neighborhood definitions and the association between density of restaurants and home cooking among dutch adults

MG Matias de Pinho, JD Mackenbach, Helene Charreire, Jean Michel Oppert, Harry Rutter, JWJ Beulens, Johannes Brug, J Lakerveld

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The definition of neighborhoods as areas of exposure to the food environment is a challenge in food environment research. We aimed to test the association of density of restaurants with home cooking using four different definitions of residential neighborhoods. We also tested effect modification by age, length of residency, education, and income. This innovative cross-sectional study was conducted in the Netherlands (N = 1245 adults). We calculated geographic information system-based measures of restaurant density using residential administrative neighborhood boundaries, 800 m and 1600 m buffers around the home and respondents’ self-defined boundaries (drawn by the respondents on a map of their residential area). We used adjusted Poisson regression to test associations of restaurant density (tertiles) and the outcome ”weekly consumption of home-cooked meals” (six to seven as compared to five days per week (day/week) or fewer). Most respondents reported eating home-cooked meals for at least 6 day/week (74.2%). Regardless of the neighborhood definition used, no association between food environment and home cooking was observed. No effect modification was found. Although exposure in terms of density of restaurants was different according to the four different neighborhood definitions, we found no evidence that the area under study influences the association between density of restaurants and home cooking among Dutch adults.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1796
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

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