Obesity and Body Weight Outcomes: Do Policy-Driven Nutrition Awareness Measures Matter?
Hrdlicka, Megan Lea
Encinosa, William E
As obesity rates rise in America, Federal initiatives increasingly prioritize healthy weight outcomes. Despite goals of healthy weight, there is very little study into the relationship between nutrition education measures and healthy weights. This study uses the 2009-2010 wave of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to study the relationship between various measures of nutritional information use, such as the respondent's awareness of recommended daily intake and reported food label use, and body weight outcomes. Using logistic regression techniques, this study finds significant relationships supporting the hypothesis that increased nutrition information use is linked to improved body weight status. As Federal agencies continue to regulate food labeling and propagate nutrition awareness campaigns, the results of this study can shape policy decisions.
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