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An empirical study on accountability for promoting healthy food environments in England through the public health responsibility deal food network

Kraak,VI, Swinburn,B, Lawrence,M and Harrison,PJ 2014, An empirical study on accountability for promoting healthy food environments in England through the public health responsibility deal food network, The FASEB journal, vol. 28, no. Sup 1, pp. 1-1, doi: 10.1096/fj.1530-6860.

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Title An empirical study on accountability for promoting healthy food environments in England through the public health responsibility deal food network
Author(s) Kraak,VI
Swinburn,B
Lawrence,MORCID iD for Lawrence,M orcid.org/0000-0001-6899-3983
Harrison,PJ
Journal name The FASEB journal
Volume number 28
Issue number Sup 1
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher Federation of American Society of Experimental Biology
Place of publication Bethesda, MD
Publication date 2014-04
ISSN 1530-6860
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biology
Cell Biology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine - Other Topics
Summary Objective: In 2011, the United Kingdom launched five Public Health Responsibility Deal Networks inspired by ‘nudge theory’ to facilitate healthy-lifestyle behaviors. This study used Q methodology to examine stakeholders’ views about responsibility and accountability for healthy food environments to reduce obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. Design: A purposive sample of policy elites (n=31) from government, academia, food industry and civil society sorted 48 statements grounded in three theoretical perspectives (i.e., legitimacy, nudge and public health law). Factor analysis identified intra-individual statement sorting differences. Results: A three-factor solution explained 64 percent of the variance across three distinct viewpoints: food environment protectors (n=17) underscored government responsibility to address unhealthy food environments; partnership pioneers (n=12) recognized government-industry partnerships as legitimate; and the commercial market defenders (n=1) emphasized individual responsibility for food choices and rejected any government intervention. Conclusions: Building trust and strengthening accountability structures may help stakeholders navigate differences to engage in constructive actions. This research may inform efforts in other countries where voluntary industry partnerships are pursued to address unhealthy food environments.
Language eng
DOI 10.1096/fj.1530-6860
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, FASEB
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