Structural violence, urban retail food markets, and low birth weight

Sandra D. Lane, Robert H. Keefe, Robert Rubinstein, Brooke A. Levandowski, Noah Webster, Donald A. Cibula, Adwoa K. Boahene, Olabisi Dele-Michael, Darlene Carter, Tanika Jones, Martha Wojtowycz, Jessica Brill

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This paper investigates urban retail food markets and health in Syracuse, New York. A structured observational analysis found that a majority of corner markets do not sell fresh produce or low fat dairy products, but conduct a lively business selling lottery tickets, cigarettes, and liquor. A comparison of census tracts with and without access to supermarkets that sell fresh produce and other healthy food found that pregnant women living in proximity to a supermarket had significantly fewer low birth weight births than other pregnant women regardless of income level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-423
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • African American health
  • Birth outcomes
  • Food markets
  • Health disparities
  • Nutrition and health
  • Structural violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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