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Nutrition Labeling to Prevent Obesity: Reviewing the Evidence from Europe.
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PMID:  22924157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Overweight and obesity are major public health problems in the European Union (EU). Providing nutrition information on foods and menus is considered a relevant means to guide consumers toward more healthful food choices, in part characterized by adequate energy intakes to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Various formats of back-of-pack and front-of-pack nutrition labeling can currently be found across the EU, with varying levels of penetration. Experimental studies show that consumers are reasonably able to understand and use the different systems to identify more healthful food products from given choice sets. However, European studies assessing the impact of nutrition labeling on actual dietary intake are scarce, and no real-life evidence exists linking nutrition label use with measured changes in body weight. This review summarizes how European consumers respond to nutrition labels when shopping for food or eating out of home, considering evidence published between 2007 and mid-March 2012.
Authors:
Stefan Storcksdieck Genannt Bonsmann; Josephine M Wills
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current obesity reports     Volume:  1     ISSN:  2162-4968     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Obes Rep     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101578283     Medline TA:  Curr Obes Rep     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  134-140     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
European Food Information Council (EUFIC), Tassel House, Rue Paul Emile Janson 6, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.
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