March 24, 2012

Danes Top International Health Study

Danish consumers are attracting attention in a new international study on healthy heating. More than 3,000 consumers from five European countries were asked whether they are willing to accept national economic interventions to promote healthy eating habits. The results are unequivocal:

Danes have the most positive attitude towards economic interventions within the nutritional area, and are also willing to pay more to eat more healthily, says PhD student Jessica Aschemann-Witzel from Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, who is one of the architects of the study.

As many as 70% of Danes participating in the study are prepared to pay more tax to get healthier food and more information on what constitutes healthy food. In the other participating countries, the same figure was approx. 20% or less.

Danes often have more faith in the public authorities and are used to paying high taxes, and therefore they are not as dismissive to changes in these areas as other populations, says Jessica Aschemann-Witzel.

The countries covered by the study are the UK, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Poland.

The results will be discussed at an international workshop in March 2012, which is being organised by Aarhus University. Here, representatives from various ministries, NGOs (Non-governmental Organisations) and universities will participate.

At the workshop, Denmark's representatives, Associate Professor Tino Bech-Larsen and Assistant Professor Jessica Aschemann-Witzel from Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, will focus on why the responses from Danish participants differed to those from participants in the other countries, and what this clear Danish attitude may mean for future health policies in Denmark.


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