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Title: Socio-economic disparities in attitude and preference for menu labels among vietnamese restaurant customers
Authors: 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 
Keywords: food quality
nutrient
socioeconomic status
adult
article
calorie
catering service
cross-sectional study
health education
highest income group
human
human experiment
male
nutrient
sampling
Viet Nam
adolescent
attitude to health
caloric intake
catering service
consumer attitude
female
food
food packaging
income
middle aged
odds ratio
socioeconomics
Viet Nam
young adult
Hanoi
Viet Nam
Adolescent
Adult
Attitude to Health
Consumer Behavior
Energy Intake
Female
Food
Food Labeling
Humans
Income
Male
Middle Aged
Odds Ratio
Restaurants
Socioeconomic Factors
Vietnam
Young Adult
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: 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. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030460
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. © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/176055
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15030460
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