Food Labeling and Chronic Diseases: Consumers Perception in Brazil

Authors: IDEC Brasil

2014 – The determination of overweight, obesity and other chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is associated with the lifestyle of modern populations. Given the finding that NCDs are the main causes of mortality and morbidity in the Brazilian population and that food regulation is one of the strategies identified as a tool to fight these diseases, it is necessary to verify the knowledge and behavior of consumers in relation to food labeling and also to evaluate the possible differences between those who suffer from NCDs and those who are free from this health problem. The general objective of the research was to evaluate the consumer’s knowledge, behavior, perception and preference in relation to general and nutritional food labeling, according to the presence of non-communicable chronic diseases.