Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Marketing; Department of Communication Studies

Abstract

Purpose – This article aims to examine young consumers' perceptions of healthy eating, contexts where healthy or unhealthy eating are practiced, and their evaluation of regulatory measures that discourage the consumption of unhealthy foods in two different markets.

Design/methodology/approach – A convenience sampled survey was conducted of 386 Danish and Chinese adolescents using a structured questionnaire.

Findings – Results showed that perceptions of healthy eating were generally based on concepts such as balance and moderation. Unhealthy eating was most frequently practiced at parties and in festive periods. Hong Kong respondents were more likely to associate eating habits with healthy eating than Danish respondents. Danish respondents were more likely to practice healthy eating at schools than Hong Kong respondents. Making tanks of cold water freely available everywhere was perceived to be most effective in discouraging the consumption of soft drink. There were age, gender and market differences in attitudes toward selected regulatory measures that discourage the consumption of soft drinks.

Research implications – Health educators and public health campaign designers should design health communication messages that target different perceptions of unhealthy eating, as well as different unhealthy eating contexts. Policy makers should be aware of the difference in local environmental conditions when designing regulations to encourage healthy eating.

Originality/value – The study is an innovative attempt to examine adolescents' perception of healthy eating and attitudes toward food regulatory measures in more than one consumer market.

Publication Year

2011

Journal Title

Young Consumers

Volume number

12

Issue number

3

Publisher

Emerald

First Page (page number)

216

Last Page (page number)

228

Referreed

1

Funder

Hong Kong Baptist University ; The Danish Council for Strategic Research

DOI

10.1108/17473611111163278

ISSN (print)

17473616

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17473611111163278

Keywords

Health promotion, Intervention, Surveys, Individual perception, Collectivism, Young consumers

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