Objective This study explored the relationship between health orientation (i.e. individual motivation to engage in healthy attitudes, beliefs and behaviours) and consumers' use of nutritional information on food labels. Specifically, this study analysed the relationship between a number of direct investments in health (namely those behaviours that can contribute directly to maintain a good health status) and use of nutritional information on food labels. Study design Data for the analysis were collected through face-to-face interviews with a sample of 540 Italian consumers in charge of their grocery shopping. Forty grocery stores, including supermarkets and hypermarkets, were selected using a systematic sampling technique. Methods Data were analysed using three equations and accounting for endogeneity issues. Results This study found that those consumer groups with low health orientation (specifically smokers, those who do not exercise regularly, and those with an unhealthy body weight) show little interest in nutritional labels. Conclusion Nutritional labels as a tool to promote healthier food choices have a limited effect on those consumers in greatest need of pursuing healthier lifestyle habits. Alternative policy intervention should be undertaken to reach these consumer groups.

Investigation on the role of consumer health orientation in the use of food labels / A. Cavaliere, E. De Marchi, A. Banterle. - In: PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 0033-3506. - 147(2017), pp. 119-127. [10.1016/j.puhe.2017.02.011]

Investigation on the role of consumer health orientation in the use of food labels

A. Cavaliere
Primo
;
E. De Marchi
;
A. Banterle
Ultimo
2017

Abstract

Objective This study explored the relationship between health orientation (i.e. individual motivation to engage in healthy attitudes, beliefs and behaviours) and consumers' use of nutritional information on food labels. Specifically, this study analysed the relationship between a number of direct investments in health (namely those behaviours that can contribute directly to maintain a good health status) and use of nutritional information on food labels. Study design Data for the analysis were collected through face-to-face interviews with a sample of 540 Italian consumers in charge of their grocery shopping. Forty grocery stores, including supermarkets and hypermarkets, were selected using a systematic sampling technique. Methods Data were analysed using three equations and accounting for endogeneity issues. Results This study found that those consumer groups with low health orientation (specifically smokers, those who do not exercise regularly, and those with an unhealthy body weight) show little interest in nutritional labels. Conclusion Nutritional labels as a tool to promote healthier food choices have a limited effect on those consumers in greatest need of pursuing healthier lifestyle habits. Alternative policy intervention should be undertaken to reach these consumer groups.
Consumer behaviour; Consumer health; Food economics; Food label; Food policy; Health orientation; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Settore AGR/01 - Economia ed Estimo Rurale
Settore SECS-P/01 - Economia Politica
2017
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