Food choice motives, attitude towards and intention to adopt personalised nutrition

Audrey Rankin, Brendan P. Bunting, Rui Poínhos, Ivo A. van der Lans, Arnout R.H. Fischer, Sharron Kuznesof, M.D.V. Almeida, Jerko Markovina, Lynn J. Frewer, Barbara J. Stewart-Knox*

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Abstract

Objective: The present study explored associations between food choice motives, attitudes towards and intention to adopt personalised nutrition, to inform communication strategies based on consumer priorities and concerns. Design/Setting: A survey was administered online which included the Food Choice Questionnaire (FCQ) and items assessing attitudes towards and intention to adopt personalised nutrition. Subjects: Nationally representative samples were recruited in nine EU countries (n 9381). Results: Structural equation modelling indicated that the food choice motives ‘weight control’, ‘mood’, ‘health’ and ‘ethical concern’ had a positive association and ‘price’ had a negative association with attitude towards, and intention to adopt, personalised nutrition. ‘Health’ was positively associated and ‘familiarity’ negatively associated with attitude towards personalised nutrition. The effects of ‘weight control’, ‘ethical concern’, ‘mood’ and ‘price’ on intention to adopt personalised nutrition were partially mediated by attitude. The effects of ‘health’ and ‘familiarity’ were fully mediated by attitude. ‘Sensory appeal’ was negatively and directly associated with intention to adopt personalised nutrition. Conclusions: Personalised nutrition providers may benefit from taking into consideration the importance of underlying determinants of food choice in potential users, particularly weight control, mood and price, when promoting services and in tailoring communications that are motivationally relevant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2606-2616
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Volume21
Issue number14
Early online date17 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Food choice motives
  • Food Choices Questionnaire
  • Food4Me
  • Intention
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Personalised nutrition
  • Survey

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