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The Stakeholders’ Views on Factors Influencing Nutrition Policy: A Qualitative Study Across Ten European CountriesEuropean Countries

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  • Marta Jeruszka-Bielak
    Marta Jeruszka-BielakDepartment of Human Nutrition , Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGWPoland
  • Ewa Sicinska
    Ewa SicinskaDepartment of Human Nutrition , Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGWPoland
  • Liesbeth de Wit
    Liesbeth de WitFood Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
  • Jiří Ruprich
    Jiří RuprichDepartment for Food Safety and Nutrition , The National Institute of Public Health in PragueCzech Republic
  • Irena Řehůřková
    Irena ŘehůřkováDepartment for Food Safety and Nutrition , The National Institute of Public Health in PragueCzech Republic
  • Kerry A. Brown
    Kerry A. BrownFood Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
  • Lada Timotijevic
    Lada TimotijevicFood Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
  • Anne-Mette Sonne
    Anne-Mette SonneUniversity of Southern DenmarkDenmark
  • Pernille Haugaard
    Pernille HaugaardDenmark
  • Antonella Guzzon
    Antonella GuzzonHylobates Consulting srl , RomeItaly
  • Noé Brito García
    Noé Brito GarcíaDepartment of Clinical Science , University of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaSpain
  • Eleni Alevritou
    Eleni AlevritouGreece
  • Maria Hermoso
    Maria HermosoLudwig-Maximilians UniversityGermany
  • Yuliya Sarmant
    Yuliya SarmantGermany
  • Liisa Lähteenmäki
  • Wojciech Roszkowski
    Wojciech RoszkowskiWarsaw Agriculture University, Department of Human NutritionPoland
  • Monique M. Raats
    Monique M. RaatsFood, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
The objective was to identify the main factors infl uencing micronutrient policies in the opinion of policy actors in ten European countries. Study was carried out during Jan-Nov 2010 in European countries: the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Spain. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with representatives of stakeholders involved in the vitamin D, folate and iodine policy making process. Fifty eight key informants representing mainly scientifi c advisory bodies (n=24) and governmental organisations (n=19) participated in the study. The remaining interviewees represented non-governmental organisations (n=6), industry (n=4) or were independent academic or health professional experts (n=5). Data were analysed by theoretical interpretative thematic analysis. Insights from interviewees on the development of micronutrient policies were grouped using the Public Health Nutrition Policy-making model. The main factors infl uencing the micronutrient policies were: systematic monitoring of nutrition and health, causal relationships between consumers’ diet-related behaviours and health outcomes, scientific recommendations from national bodies (Science area); scientific recommendations from international authorities and experiences of other countries, EU legislation, cultural factors (Wider context) and political environment, national capacity to deal with the problem, national legislation,
economics, stakeholder engagement, relationships between stakeholders (Policy and institutions area). The spectrum and weight of the factors influencing nutritional policy depends on nutrient, country and degree of its “advanced status” within nutrition policy, political environment, culture and socio-economic conditions as well as the point of view (who is expressing the opinion).
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences
Volume65
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)293-302
Number of pages10
ISSN1230-0322
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StatePublished - 2015

    Keywords

  • public health, nutrition, micronutrients, policy actors, qualitative study, factors

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