Socio-economic disparities in attitude and preference for menu labels among vietnamese restaurant customers

Long Hoang Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Lan Thi Nguyen, Huong Thi Le, Hoa Thi Do, Anh Kim Dang, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Carl A Latkin, Melvyn W.B. Zhang, Roger C.M. Ho

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Abstract

Calories and nutrition labeling on restaurant menus are powerful policy interventions to reduce the burden of obesity epidemic. However, the success of this policy requires an assurance of equal benefits among customers with different characteristics, especially people at a higher risk of poor health outcomes and eating habits. This study examined the sociodemographic disparities in the attitude and preference for calories and nutrition labeling on menus among customers in various food facilities. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 1746 customers of food facilities in Hanoi, Vietnam, who were recruited by using a multistage sampling method. Socio-economic characteristics, attitudes regarding the necessity and preferences for calories, and nutrition labeling on menus were analyzed. Multivariate logistic regression was employed to determine the associated factors with attitudes and preferences. Results show that most of the sample understood the necessity to have calories and nutrition labeling (59.8%), and 71.8% preferred to have calories and nutrition labeling. People who often visited food facilities (Odd Ratio (OR) = 1.36; 95% confident interval (CI) = 1.06–1.74) and had higher education and were more likely to understand the necessity of calories and nutrition labeling. Factors such as being homemakers, often going to dine-in restaurants, and perceiving that labeling was unnecessary were negatively associated with preferences for calories and nutrition labeling. The results of this study encourage policymakers to implement calories and nutrition labeling in the future. Health education interventions to improve knowledge and attitude as regards calories and nutrition labeling on menus are important, particularly for males, less-educated individuals, and high-income people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number460
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 6 2018

Keywords

  • Calories
  • Disparity
  • Labeling
  • Nutrients
  • Sociodemographic
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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    Nguyen, L. H., Tran, B. X., Nguyen, H. L. T., Le, H. T., Do, H. T., Kim Dang, A., Nguyen, C. T., Latkin, C. A., Zhang, M. W. B., & Ho, R. C. M. (2018). Socio-economic disparities in attitude and preference for menu labels among vietnamese restaurant customers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(3), [460]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030460