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Live Symposium: New ways of purchasing (fast) food_ Are we transitioning away from tradition

Purpose Many features of the ‘online food environment’ could influence food choice. However, it may not always be included when considering food purchased away-from-home. One example is internet-based, takeaway (‘fast’) food ordering, facilitated through online food delivery services, which allow food to be ordered from a range of outlets. This symposium will bring together international researchers to present emerging evidence surrounding these understudied areas. Rationale Historically, takeaway food was purchased in-person, or by telephone for delivery or collection. This influenced development of public health interventions based inside food outlets and efforts to shape local food outlet location. Attributes of the online food environment, alongside online food delivery service use, could widen dietary inequalities, increase unhealthy food consumption and reduce existing public health intervention effectiveness, however, they could also increase access to healthier alternatives. Understanding how online food delivery services could be incorporated in to existing public health policies is important due to forecasted growth in popularity and use. Objectives Symposium attendees will better understand: How ‘online’ aspects of the food environment fits into current thinking and mechanisms that may influence online food purchasing. Prevalence and frequency of online food delivery service use and sociodemographic characteristics of users. Challenges online food delivery services pose to existing public health policies. Summary The online food environment and online food delivery services are understudied. This symposium will present a conceptual model of the food environment that includes ‘online’ aspects and provides insight about mechanisms that could influence behaviour. This is supported by the first investigation into the prevalence and frequency of online food delivery service use and correlated sociodemographic characteristics of users across multiple countries. Both are complimented by a narrative review of academic literature, and Australian public health policies for healthier food environments, findings demonstrate how existing approaches would need to be tailored to consider the online food environment. An open floor discussion will follow presentations.