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Title: Knowledge and acceptance of interventions aimed at reducing sugar intake in Portugal
Authors: Prada, M.
Rodrigues, D. L.
Godinho, C. A.
Lopes, D.
Garrido, M. V.
Keywords: Free sugars
Added sugars
Food policy
Governmental interventions
Public acceptance
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract: Objective: Governments worldwide have been implementing interventions aimed at improving citizens' dietary habits. Examining how individuals perceive these interventions is relevant for promoting future policies in this area, as well as informing the way they are designed and implemented. In the current study, we focused on interventions aimed at reducing sugar intake in Portugal, given the current high sugar consumption patterns in the population. Design: Online survey to assess which interventions are the most salient and receive greater public support. Setting: Portugal. Participants: 1010 (76·7 % female, M Age 36·33, sd 13·22). Results: Data from a free-recall task showed that only about one-third of participants reported knowing about these interventions, namely those related to taxation, weight restrictions in individual sugar packets and limited availability of products with high sugar content. We also found evidence of high support for the eight interventions presented (except for replacing sugar by artificial sweeteners), positive attitudes towards the need of reducing sugar intake in the Portuguese population and high agreement with the importance of reducing sugar intake across all age groups, particularly among children. Participants also indicated paying attention to the amount of sugar in their diets and a low self-reported frequency of consumption of high sugary foods and beverages. A hierarchical regression analysis suggested that these variables were significantly associated with the overall acceptance of interventions, independently of social-demographic variables (i.e., age, education and sex). Conclusion: By examining how people perceive and accept different interventions targeting the reduction of sugar intake, the current work aims to support policymaking in this domain.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1017/S1368980020002165
ISSN: 1368-9800
Accession number: WOS:000598405600020
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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