Public perceptions and awareness of Public Health England’s reduction programmes

A survey commissioned by Public Health England shows support for reducing sugar and calories in foods

Public perceptions and awareness of Public Health England’s reduction programmes

The author(s)

  • Kate Duxbury Ipsos Public Affairs, UK
  • Joanna Barry Ipsos Public Affairs, UK
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An Ipsos MORI survey, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), explored the public’s perceptions of obesity and PHE’s sugar and calorie reduction programmes. Our findings highlight that the public clearly recognise obesity to be a problem facing the UK (93% say it is a problem). The public bestow the government (72%) and the food industry (80%) with responsibility for tackling obesity, albeit less responsibility than individuals and their families (90%). The predominant view is that the government could do more to address the issue of obesity (60%). There is also strong public support for the government to work with the food industry, in order to make foods and drinks healthier.

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Methodology

An online panel quota survey was completed between 22nd and 30th January 2018. 1,000 surveys were completed with participants aged 15 to 75. A number of quotas were set and data were weighted by gender, age (interlocked), region and working status to reflect the known population profile of the United Kingdom.

The author(s)

  • Kate Duxbury Ipsos Public Affairs, UK
  • Joanna Barry Ipsos Public Affairs, UK

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