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Title: Perspectives of adult singaporeans toward potential policies to reduce the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages —a cross?sectional study
Authors: Tan, Jing Yuan
Ong, Siong Gim
Teng, Albert
Ng, Benedict
Yao, Jiali 
Luo, Nan 
Rebello, Salome A. 
Keywords: Attitudes
Food environment
Sugar sweetened beverages
Issue Date: 25-Nov-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Tan, Jing Yuan, Ong, Siong Gim, Teng, Albert, Ng, Benedict, Yao, Jiali, Luo, Nan, Rebello, Salome A. (2021-11-25). Perspectives of adult singaporeans toward potential policies to reduce the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages —a cross?sectional study. Nutrients 13 (12) : 4231. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Excessive consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) is of growing concern, and several countries are implementing measures to reduce SSB consumption. Understanding perceptions towards SSB policies is crucial to prioritize policy actions and to effectively frame public com-munication. We conducted a cross?sectional study in a sample of 754 adult Singaporeans to examine support towards 10 hypothetical policies to reduce SSB consumption. Policy scenarios were pre-sented to participants and support was assessed using a 5?point Likert scale. Opinions about policies were elicited by asking participants “What other thoughts do you have about this policy?”. We used logistic regression to examine determinants of policy support, and thematic analyses to understand opinions about policies. We observed good public support for a variety of SSB policies. In general, less restrictive policies such as traffic light labels (85.0% agreed/strongly agreed) and free access to water at eateries (77.1%) were better supported as compared to restrictive policies such as portion-size restrictions (64.5%) and taxation (55.0%). There was limited variation by age, ethnicity, income, physical activity and body mass index. Concerns about policies largely centered on loss of personal autonomy and economic implications for businesses. Nevertheless, participants also recognized that policies could support healthier beverage consumption by increasing awareness and enabling informed decision making. Findings from this study provide insights into consumer’s perceptions of SSB policies, and can inform public health advocacy and government action in this area. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: Nutrients
ISSN: 2072-6643
DOI: 10.3390/nu13124231
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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