Assessment of Evaluations Made to Healthy Eating Policies in Europe: A Review within the Eatwell Project

Public Health Nutrition, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 1489-1496, 2011

Posted: 16 Aug 2012

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Federico Perez-Cueto

Ghent University

Jessica Aschemann-Witzel

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics

Bhavani Shankar

University of Reading

J. Brambila-Macias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tino Bech-Larsen

University of Aarhus - Aarhus School of Business - Marketing and Statistics

Mario Mazzocchi

University of Bologna - Department of Statistics; University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy & Development

Sara Capacci

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Anna Saba Reis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

A. Turrini

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Barbara Niedzwiedzka

Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Medical College

B. Piorecka

affiliation not provided to SSRN

A. Koziol-Kozakowska

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Josephine M. Wills

European Food Information Council

W. Bruce Traill

University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy & Development - Department of Agricultural and Food Economics

Wim Verbeke

Ghent University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Objective: To identify and assess healthy eating policies at national level which have been evaluated in terms of their impact on awareness of healthy eating, food consumption, health outcome or cost/benefit.

Design: Review of policy documents and their evaluations when available.

Setting: European Member States.

Subjects: One hundred and twenty-one policy documents revised, 107 retained.

Results: Of the 107 selected interventions, twenty-two had been evaluated for their impact on awareness or knowledge and twenty-seven for their impact on consumption. Furthermore sixteen interventions provided an evaluation of health impact, while three actions specifically measured any cost/benefit ratio. The indicators used in these evaluations were in most cases not comparable. Evaluation was more often found for public information campaigns, regulation of meals at schools/canteens and nutrition education programmes.

Conclusions: The study highlights the need not only to develop harmonized and verifiable procedures but also indicators for measuring effectiveness and success and for comparing between interventions and countries. EU policies are recommended to provide a set of indicators that may be measured consistently and regularly in all countries. Furthermore, public information campaigns should be accompanied by other interventions, as evaluations may show an impact on awareness and intention, but rarely on consumption patterns and health outcome.

Keywords: Europe, Eatwell Project, food and nutrition policy, healthy eating

Suggested Citation

Perez-Cueto, Federico and Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica and Shankar, Bhavani and Brambila-Macias, J. and Bech-Larsen, Tino and Mazzocchi, Mario and Capacci, Sara and Reis, Anna Saba and Turrini, A. and Niedzwiedzka, Barbara and Piorecka, B. and Koziol-Kozakowska, A. and Wills, Josephine M. and Traill, W. Bruce and Verbeke, Wim, Assessment of Evaluations Made to Healthy Eating Policies in Europe: A Review within the Eatwell Project (2011). Public Health Nutrition, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 1489-1496, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2130435

Federico Perez-Cueto (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

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Jessica Aschemann-Witzel

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics ( email )

Bhavani Shankar

University of Reading ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

J. Brambila-Macias

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Tino Bech-Larsen

University of Aarhus - Aarhus School of Business - Marketing and Statistics ( email )

Haslegårdsvej 10
Århus V
Denmark

Mario Mazzocchi

University of Bologna - Department of Statistics ( email )

Bologna, 40126
Italy
390512098225 (Phone)
39051232153 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.stat.unibo.it/mazzocchi

University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy & Development ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

Sara Capacci

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Strada Maggiore 45
Bologna, 40125
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.unibo.it/faculty/sara.capacci

Anna Saba Reis

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

A. Turrini

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Barbara Niedzwiedzka

Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Medical College ( email )

Grzegorzecka 20
Kraków, 31-531
Poland

B. Piorecka

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

A. Koziol-Kozakowska

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Josephine M. Wills

European Food Information Council ( email )

Rue Guimard, 19
Brussels, B 1040
Belgium

W. Bruce Traill

University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy & Development - Department of Agricultural and Food Economics ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

Wim Verbeke

Ghent University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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