Parental views on public-policy options regarding healthy eating

D. Wickins-Drazilova, S. Nicholls, G. Williams, C. Börnhorst, L. Grafström, S. De Henauw, S. Marild, D. Molnar, L. A. Moreno Aznar, I. Pigeot, A. Siani, M. Tornaritis, T. Veidebaum, W. Ahrens

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Abstract

As part of the IDEFICS obesity intervention study, baseline opinions about key issues were elicited from the parents of children about to take part in the intervention in eight European countries. This was done by a questionnaire, in which a set of questions was specifically designed to investigate attitudes towards ethical and public-policy aspects of interventions on healthy lifestyle and diet. The aim of these questions was partly to elicit parents' views concerning the ethics and effectiveness of interventions, responsibilities of schools and parents themselves, and also to gain some indication as to how parents might view some of the policy options available. Here we present analysis of three of the questions on public-policy regarding healthy eating: (1) I feel that the authorities don't do enough to support healthy eating; (2) There should be a controlled restriction on advertising of high-fat and high-sugar foods; (3) Very unhealthy foods should be highly taxed while healthy foods should be subsidised. We report here that there are statistically significant differences between the respondents both by country, and by gender. There is strong support among parents for controlled restriction on advertising of high-fat and high-sugar foods, as well as supporting of taxation of 'unhealthy' foods and subsidising of 'healthy' foods. In most countries men are more critical of authorities' support of healthy eating than women, and they are also more in favour of taxation and subsidising of certain types of food.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Food Security
Subtitle of host publicationEthical and Legal Challenges: EurSafe 2010 Bilbao, Spain 16-18 September 2010
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages184-188
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9789086861545
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • Children
  • Food
  • Interventions
  • Obesity
  • Survey questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Wickins-Drazilova, D., Nicholls, S., Williams, G., Börnhorst, C., Grafström, L., De Henauw, S., Marild, S., Molnar, D., Moreno Aznar, L. A., Pigeot, I., Siani, A., Tornaritis, M., Veidebaum, T., & Ahrens, W. (2010). Parental views on public-policy options regarding healthy eating. In Global Food Security: Ethical and Legal Challenges: EurSafe 2010 Bilbao, Spain 16-18 September 2010 (pp. 184-188). Wageningen Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3921/978-90-8686-710-3