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Use of food labels, awareness of nutritional programmes and participation in the special supplemental program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2005-2006).
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PMID:  22171961     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Use of nutritional labels in choosing food is associated with healthier eating habits including lower fat intake. Current public health efforts are focusing on the revamping of nutritional labels to make them easier to read and use for the consumer. The study aims to assess the frequency of use of nutritional labels and awareness of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional programmes by low-income women including those participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as surveyed in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006. Many low-income women do not regularly use the nutrition facts panel information on the food label and less than half had heard of the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (38.9%). In multivariate logistic regression, we found that WIC participation was associated with reduced use of the nutrition facts panel in choosing food products [odds ratio (OR) 0.45, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.22-0.91], the health claims information (OR 0.54, 95% CI 0.32-0.28) and the information on carbohydrates when deciding to buy a product (OR 0.44, 95% CI 0.20-0.97) in comparison with WIC eligible non-participants. Any intervention to improve use of nutritional labels and knowledge of the USDA's nutritional programmes needs to target low-income women, including WIC participants. Future studies should evaluate possible reasons for the low use of nutrition labels among WIC participants in comparison with eligible non-participants.
Janet M Wojcicki; Melvin B Heyman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2011-12-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1740-8709     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nutr     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-10     Completed Date:  2014-01-28     Revised Date:  2014-09-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-308     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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MeSH Terms
Body Mass Index
Food Assistance*
Food Labeling*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Logistic Models
Multivariate Analysis
Nutrition Policy
Nutrition Surveys*
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Nutritional Status
Public Health
Socioeconomic Factors
United States
United States Department of Agriculture
Grant Support
DK060617/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; K01 080825//PHS HHS; K01 DK080825/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; K01 DK080825-01A2/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; K01 DK080825-03/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS

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