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Determinants of Food Choice and Perceptions of Supermarket-Based Nudging Interventions among Adults with Low Socioeconomic Position: The SUPREME NUDGE Project

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Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, Universiteitsweg 100, 3584 CG Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Athena Institute, Faculty of Science, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam UMC, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1089a, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 6175; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116175
Received: 28 April 2021 / Revised: 1 June 2021 / Accepted: 4 June 2021 / Published: 7 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
Nudging has received ample attention in scientific literature as an environmental strategy to promote healthy diets, and may be effective for reaching populations with low socioeconomic position (SEP). Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate how the determinants of food choice shape the perceptions regarding supermarket-based nudging strategies among adults with low SEP. We conducted semi-structured interviews among fifteen adults with low SEP using a pre-defined topic list and visual examples of nudges. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim and content analysis was used to analyse the data. The results show that food costs, convenience, healthiness, taste, and habits were frequently mentioned as determinants of food choice. However, the relative importance of these determinants seemed to be context-dependent. Interviewees generally had a positive attitude towards nudges, especially when they were aligned with product preferences, information needs, and beliefs about the food environment. Still, some interviewees also expressed distrust towards nudging strategies, suspecting ulterior motives. We conclude that nudging strategies should target foods which align with product preferences and information needs. However, the suspicion of ulterior motives highlights an important concern which should be considered when implementing supermarket-based nudging strategies. View Full-Text
Keywords: nudging; choice architecture; food choice; socioeconomic position nudging; choice architecture; food choice; socioeconomic position
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Harbers, M.C.; Middel, C.N.H.; Stuber, J.M.; Beulens, J.W.J.; Rutters, F.; van der Schouw, Y.T. Determinants of Food Choice and Perceptions of Supermarket-Based Nudging Interventions among Adults with Low Socioeconomic Position: The SUPREME NUDGE Project. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6175. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116175

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Harbers MC, Middel CNH, Stuber JM, Beulens JWJ, Rutters F, van der Schouw YT. Determinants of Food Choice and Perceptions of Supermarket-Based Nudging Interventions among Adults with Low Socioeconomic Position: The SUPREME NUDGE Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):6175. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116175

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Harbers, Marjolein C., Cédric N.H. Middel, Josine M. Stuber, Joline W.J. Beulens, Femke Rutters, and Yvonne T. van der Schouw. 2021. "Determinants of Food Choice and Perceptions of Supermarket-Based Nudging Interventions among Adults with Low Socioeconomic Position: The SUPREME NUDGE Project" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 6175. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116175

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