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The Acceptability of Food Policies

by 1,*,† and 2,†
CNRS, CREM, Université de Rennes 1, 35065 Rennes, France
Département d’Économie Politique, Université de Fribourg, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Helen Croker and Maria Kapsokefalou
Nutrients 2021, 13(5), 1483;
Received: 19 February 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 21 April 2021 / Published: 28 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutrition in Public Health: Principles, Policies, and Practice)
We propose and test a model of food policy acceptability. The model is structured in four levels: government, topic, policy, and individual. In this study, we focus on two levels that are actionable for policy-makers: the topic and policy levels. We assess nine factors using a first online survey with 600 UK nationals and replicate our results in a second survey with 588 participants. Our results suggest that three factors have a positive effect on acceptability at the topic level: awareness of the issue, the legitimacy of state intervention, and social norms. At the policy level, we report a positive effect of the policy’s expected effectiveness, its appropriate targeting of consumers, and the perceived support of the majority. On the other hand, more coercive interventions and those generating inequalities are judged to be less acceptable. Additionally, we report an interaction between awareness and coerciveness on acceptability. Participants who are aware of the issue were more likely to support coercive policies. We also find evidence for a trade-off between coerciveness, effectiveness, and acceptability, as more coercive measures are considered more effective, but less acceptable by participants. Our findings offer policy-makers, nutrition experts, and advocates for healthier and more sustainable diets a new and integrated understanding of the underlying factors that determine food policy acceptability. View Full-Text
Keywords: food policy; acceptability; survey food policy; acceptability; survey
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Espinosa, R.; Nassar, A. The Acceptability of Food Policies. Nutrients 2021, 13, 1483.

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Espinosa R, Nassar A. The Acceptability of Food Policies. Nutrients. 2021; 13(5):1483.

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