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Perspectives of Adult Singaporeans toward Potential Policies to Reduce the Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages—A Cross-Sectional Study

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Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119228, Singapore
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Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117549, Singapore
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Nutrients 2021, 13(12), 4231; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13124231 (registering DOI)
Received: 13 August 2021 / Revised: 19 October 2021 / Accepted: 5 November 2021 / Published: 25 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Nutritional Policies and Education for Health Promotion)
Excessive consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) is of growing concern, and several countries are implementing measures to reduce SSB consumption. Understanding perceptions towards SSB policies is crucial to prioritize policy actions and to effectively frame public communication. We conducted a cross-sectional study in a sample of 754 adult Singaporeans to examine support towards 10 hypothetical policies to reduce SSB consumption. Policy scenarios were presented to participants and support was assessed using a 5-point Likert scale. Opinions about policies were elicited by asking participants “What other thoughts do you have about this policy?”. We used logistic regression to examine determinants of policy support, and thematic analyses to understand opinions about policies. We observed good public support for a variety of SSB policies. In general, less restrictive policies such as traffic light labels (85.0% agreed/strongly agreed) and free access to water at eateries (77.1%) were better supported as compared to restrictive policies such as portion-size restrictions (64.5%) and taxation (55.0%). There was limited variation by age, ethnicity, income, physical activity and body mass index. Concerns about policies largely centered on loss of personal autonomy and economic implications for businesses. Nevertheless, participants also recognized that policies could support healthier beverage consumption by increasing awareness and enabling informed decision making. Findings from this study provide insights into consumer’s perceptions of SSB policies, and can inform public health advocacy and government action in this area. View Full-Text
Keywords: food environment; policies; sugar sweetened beverages; attitudes; perceptions; obesity; diabetes food environment; policies; sugar sweetened beverages; attitudes; perceptions; obesity; diabetes
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Tan, J.Y.; Ong, S.G.; Teng, A.; Ng, B.; Yao, J.; Luo, N.; Rebello, S.A. Perspectives of Adult Singaporeans toward Potential Policies to Reduce the Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages—A Cross-Sectional Study. Nutrients 2021, 13, 4231. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13124231

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Tan JY, Ong SG, Teng A, Ng B, Yao J, Luo N, Rebello SA. Perspectives of Adult Singaporeans toward Potential Policies to Reduce the Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages—A Cross-Sectional Study. Nutrients. 2021; 13(12):4231. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13124231

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Tan, Jing Y., Siong G. Ong, Albert Teng, Benedict Ng, Jiali Yao, Nan Luo, and Salome A. Rebello 2021. "Perspectives of Adult Singaporeans toward Potential Policies to Reduce the Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages—A Cross-Sectional Study" Nutrients 13, no. 12: 4231. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13124231

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