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Table 1 Survey data—frequency of using food labels according to socio-demographic and other characteristics (N = 513)

From: Determinants of Israeli consumers’ decision to use food label information more frequently: a national survey study

  Entire sample Food labels affect buying decisions
% Rarely/ Never (N = 117) Sometimes (N = 92) Often/ Always (N = 304)
Gender
 Women 49.1% 18.3% 19.0% 62.7%*
 Men 50.9% 27.2% 16.9% 55.9%
Age
 21–40 40.6% 24.6% 17.7% 57.6%
 41–60 34.6% 21.4% 19.7% 59.0%
 > 61 24.8% 22.6% 16.9% 60.5%
Religion
 Jewish 78.6% 23.8% 21.1% 55.1%***
 Arab 21.4% 19.1% 6.4% 74.5%
Marital status
 Married 72.0% 19.1% 6.4% 74.5%*
 Not married 28.0% 28.0% 20.3% 51.7%
Education
 Up to 12 years 39.4% 28.9% 18.4% 52.7%**
 More than 12 years 60.6% 18.9% 17.6% 63.5%**
Residential region
 Tel Aviv and the center 48.3% 20.5% 23.4% 56.1%**
 Other 51.7% 24.9% 13.4% 61.7%
Number of persons in household
 2 or less 36.3% 20.5% 20.0% 59.5%
 3 and more 63.7% 24.4% 16.4% 59.3%
Maintaining a normal body weighta
 Not at all/ small/medium extent 35.7% 32.4% 18.1% 49.5%***
 Large/very large extent 64.3% 17.7% 17.7% 64.6%
Responsible for shopping
 No 29.7% 27.6% 20.4% 52.0%*
 Yes 70.3% 20.8% 16.9% 62.2%
Showing interest in healthy food intake
 Slightly/ Moderately 30.8% 45.9% 23.6% 30.6%***
 Very much 69.2% 12.7% 15.3% 72.0%
Chronic illness
 No 77.8% 22.5% 17.4% 60.1%
 Yes 22.2% 24.8% 20.4% 54.9%
Eat salty products
 Rarely/never/ sometimes 79.6% 19.9% 19.2% 60.9%***
 Often/always 20.4% 34.6% 13.5% 51.9%
Frequency of eating sweets
 Rarely/never/ sometimes 68.0% 19.8% 17.2% 62.9%**
 Often/always 32.0% 29.3% 19.5% 51.2%
Frequency of eating processed foods
 Rarely/never/ sometimes 90.6% 20.7% 18.1% 61.2%***
 Often/always 9.4% 43.8% 16.7% 39.6%
Maintains a balanced and healthy diet
 Rarely/never/ sometimes 30.1% 46.1% 19.5% 34.4%***
 Often/always 69.9% 12.9% 17.4% 69.7%
  1. Two-sided p-value: ***p < 0.01, ** p < 0.05, * p < 0.1
  2. a5-level scale ranging from (1) “not at all” to (5) “very much”