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What is the public appetite for healthy eating policies?: evidence from a cross-European survey

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World Health Organization estimates that obesity accounts for 2-8% of health care costs in different parts of Europe, and highlights a key role for national policymaking in curbing the epidemic. A variety of healthy-eating policy instruments are available, ranging from more paternalistic policies to those less intrusive. Our aim is to measure and explain the level of public support for different types of healthy eating policy in Europe, based on data from a probabilistic sample of 3003 respondents in five European countries. We find that the main drivers of policy support are attitudinal factors, especially attribution of obesity to excessive availability of unhealthy foods, while socio-demographic characteristics and political preferences have little explanatory power. A high level of support for healthy eating policy does not translate into acceptance of higher taxes to fund them, however.
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TARGETED FOOD TAXES, WILLINGNESS-TO-PAY, NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASE, REDUCE CHILDHOOD OBESITY, INCOME INEQUALITY, PORGROW PROJECT, IMPROVE HEALTH, PREVENTION, SUPPORT, NUTRITION

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Mazzocchi, Mario et al. “What Is the Public Appetite for Healthy Eating Policies?: Evidence from a cross-European Survey.” HEALTH ECONOMICS POLICY AND LAW 10.3 (2015): 267–292. Print.
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Mazzocchi, M., Cagnone, S., Bech-Larsen, T., Niedzwiedzka, B., Saba, A., Shankar, B., Verbeke, W., et al. (2015). What is the public appetite for healthy eating policies?: evidence from a cross-European survey. HEALTH ECONOMICS POLICY AND LAW, 10(3), 267–292.
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Mazzocchi, Mario, Silvia Cagnone, Tino Bech-Larsen, Barbara Niedzwiedzka, Anna Saba, Bhavani Shankar, Wim Verbeke, and W Bruce Traill. 2015. “What Is the Public Appetite for Healthy Eating Policies?: Evidence from a cross-European Survey.” Health Economics Policy and Law 10 (3): 267–292.
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Mazzocchi, Mario, Silvia Cagnone, Tino Bech-Larsen, Barbara Niedzwiedzka, Anna Saba, Bhavani Shankar, Wim Verbeke, and W Bruce Traill. 2015. “What Is the Public Appetite for Healthy Eating Policies?: Evidence from a cross-European Survey.” Health Economics Policy and Law 10 (3): 267–292.
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Mazzocchi M, Cagnone S, Bech-Larsen T, Niedzwiedzka B, Saba A, Shankar B, et al. What is the public appetite for healthy eating policies?: evidence from a cross-European survey. HEALTH ECONOMICS POLICY AND LAW. 2015;10(3):267–92.
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M. Mazzocchi et al., “What is the public appetite for healthy eating policies?: evidence from a cross-European survey,” HEALTH ECONOMICS POLICY AND LAW, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 267–292, 2015.
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  abstract     = {World Health Organization estimates that obesity accounts for 2-8% of health care costs in different parts of Europe, and highlights a key role for national policymaking in curbing the epidemic. A variety of healthy-eating policy instruments are available, ranging from more paternalistic policies to those less intrusive. Our aim is to measure and explain the level of public support for different types of healthy eating policy in Europe, based on data from a probabilistic sample of 3003 respondents in five European countries. We find that the main drivers of policy support are attitudinal factors, especially attribution of obesity to excessive availability of unhealthy foods, while socio-demographic characteristics and political preferences have little explanatory power. A high level of support for healthy eating policy does not translate into acceptance of higher taxes to fund them, however.},
  author       = {Mazzocchi, Mario and Cagnone, Silvia and Bech-Larsen, Tino and Niedzwiedzka, Barbara and Saba, Anna and Shankar, Bhavani and Verbeke, Wim and Traill, W Bruce},
  issn         = {1744-1331},
  journal      = {HEALTH ECONOMICS POLICY AND LAW},
  keywords     = {TARGETED FOOD TAXES,WILLINGNESS-TO-PAY,NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASE,REDUCE CHILDHOOD OBESITY,INCOME INEQUALITY,PORGROW PROJECT,IMPROVE HEALTH,PREVENTION,SUPPORT,NUTRITION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {267--292},
  title        = {What is the public appetite for healthy eating policies?: evidence from a cross-European survey},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744133114000346},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2015},
}

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