Differences in consumer use of food labels by weight loss strategies and demographic characteristics

Sara N. Bleich, Julia A. Wolfson

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Abstract

Background: Little is known about national patterns in the use of fast food and packaged food labels among adults by weight loss strategies and demographic characteristics. Methods: We analyzed the Consumer Behavior Module in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2010 among adults (N = 9,690). For each of the outcome variables - use of packed food and fast food menu labels - multiple logistic regressions were used to adjust for potential differences in population characteristics by weight loss activities and demographic characteristics. Results: Overall, 69 percent of adults reported they would use fast food information and 76 percent reported using the nutrition facts panel on packaged foods. Adults trying to lose weight had a greater likelihood of reporting use of nutrition information to choose fast foods (OR = 1.72; 95 % CI: 1.29, 2.29) and using the nutrition facts panel on food labels (OR = 1.92; 95 % CI: 1.60, 2.30). Black and Hispanic adults were more likely to report using ingredients lists on packaged foods compared to Whites (White -63 %, Black/Hispanic -68 %, p < 0.05). Conclusion: Regardless of weight loss activities or demographic characteristics, a majority of adults report they would use fast food nutrition information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1275
JournalBMC public health
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 22 2015

Keywords

  • Fast food labels
  • Packaged food labels
  • Weight loss behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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