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Table 6 Comparison of unsatisfactory use of food labels by their nutrition related knowledge and attitudes towards marketing strategies used for promoting snacks (n = 533)a

From: Use of food labels by adolescents to make healthier choices on snacks: a cross-sectional study from Sri Lanka

Characteristic Total No. Unsatisfactory label users Satisfactory label users Level of Significanceb
No. % No. %
Nutrition related knowledge
 Good 448 448 313 69.9 135 30.1 p =0.89
 Poor 85 85 60 70.6 25 29.4
Attitudes
Brand name p= 0.03
 Disagree 193 124 64.2 69 35.8
 Agree 340 249 73.2 91 26.8
Television advertisements p = 0.25
 Disagree 481 333 69.2 148 30.8
 Agree 52 40 76.9 12 23.1
Imported products p= 0.025
 Disagree 335 223 66.6 112 33.4
 Agree 198 150 75.8 48 24.2
Portrayal of a sports star p = 0.55
 Disagree 473 333 70.4 140 29.6
 Agree 60 40 66.7 20 33.3
Endorsement of a celebrity p = 0.07
Disagree 481 331 68.8 150 31.2
Agree 52 42 80.8 10 19.2
Expensive products p = 0.41
 Disagree 186 126 67.7 60 32.3
 Agree 347 247 71.2 100 28.8
  1. aOf the 542 in the sample, 9 students were excluded as they did not read labels at all
  2. bSignificant associations (significant level p < 0.05) shown in bold letters