Knowledge and Attitude of Nutrition Label Use among People with Type II Diabetes Mellitus in Hong Kong

By Tsz Lee Huang and Katherine Chang.

Published by Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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The objective of this study was to explore the association between knowledge of, attitudes towards and use of nutritional labels among people with type II diabetes mellitus in Hong Kong. A cross-sectional study of patients was conducted from January to August 2013. One hundred and eighty-six type II diabetes mellitus patients volunteered to complete a questionnaire on nutritional labels. The study took place at a diabetes support group, a centre for the elderly, and a mobile integrative health clinic in Hong Kong. The eligible subjects were Hong Kong residents with type II diabetes mellitus, aged 18 years or above, able to read Chinese, self-care independent, and cognitively intact. Those who were suffering from type I diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes mellitus, or poor vision were excluded. The study concluded that to promote the use of nutritional labels, an increase in the knowledge of nutritional label use is a prerequisite. Meanwhile, the format of nutritional labels should be more easily comprehensible.

Keywords: Nutrition Labeling, Health, Type II Diabetes Mellitus

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3-4, March 2015, pp.15-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 524.285KB)).

Tsz Lee Huang

Registered Nurse (RN), Medical Department, Yan Chai Hospital, Hong Kong

Dr. Katherine Chang

Lecturer, School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong