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The impact of menu energy labelling across socioeconomic groups: a systematic review

Sarink, Danja, Peeters, Anna, Freak-Poli, Rosanne, Beauchamp, Alison, Woods, Julie, Ball, Kylie and Backholer, Kathryn 2016, The impact of menu energy labelling across socioeconomic groups: a systematic review, Appetite, vol. 99, pp. 59-75, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.12.022.

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Title The impact of menu energy labelling across socioeconomic groups: a systematic review
Author(s) Sarink, Danja
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-4340-9132
Freak-Poli, Rosanne
Beauchamp, AlisonORCID iD for Beauchamp, Alison orcid.org/0000-0001-6555-6200
Woods, JulieORCID iD for Woods, Julie orcid.org/0000-0002-2717-310X
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Backholer, Kathryn
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 99
Start page 59
End page 75
Total pages 17
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-04-01
ISSN 1095-8304
Keyword(s) menu energy labelling
obesity
socioeconomic position
Summary INTRODUCTION: Menu energy labelling at point of purchase is gaining traction worldwide, yet the potential impact for different socioeconomic groups is unclear. We aimed to summarise evidence on the effectiveness of menu energy labelling by socioeconomic position (SEP). METHODS: A systematic search for papers published to September 2015 was conducted using terms for labelling, food outlets, and SEP. Quality of studies was assessed. Results were summarised across stages of an intervention logic pathway. RESULTS: Eighteen articles were identified. Of twelve studies reporting the effect of menu energy labelling in low SEP populations, six reported on purchase outcomes. All but one of these reported no positive effect of the policy for this population. Two of the five studies that compared purchase outcomes of menu labelling across SEP groups reported that the policy was effective overall. These two studies reported either a significant decline in fast food calories purchased from consumers in high (but not low) SEP neighbourhoods or a significantly greater decline in calories purchased among consumers visiting stores in higher SEP neighbourhoods post policy implementation. Few studies were rated as moderate to high quality. CONCLUSIONS: The current evidence describing the impact of menu energy labelling within or across SEP is limited in quantity and quality. Of the two studies that reported a positive benefit of menu energy labelling overall, both identified a greater effect on fast food purchases among consumers visiting stores in high compared to low SEP neighbourhoods. It is difficult to know whether the absence of effectiveness reported in low SEP populations represents a true lack of effectiveness or is a result of a more general lack of policy effectiveness or the limited quality of the reviewed studies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2015.12.022
Field of Research 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080588

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