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Table 2 Overview of major themes and subthemes

From: “Maybe a little bit of guilt isn’t so bad for the overall health of an individual”: a mixed-methods exploration of young adults’ experiences with calorie labelling

Major theme

Corresponding subthemes

Support of & skepticism about labelling interventions

Policy support for menu labelling

Skepticism towards food policy or labels

Knowledge & autonomy as mechanisms of population-level interventions

Awareness, education, and information

- Calorie awareness

- Food allergies or intolerances

Noticing and use of labels

- Counting calories & doing math

- Colour associations of labels

Obesity and health consequences of poor diets

Role of the relationship with food in experiences with labelling

Personal connections with food

Food & relationships with others/Societal pressures surrounding food

Short- and long-term influences of labels

Negative impact of labels on relationship with food

Disordered eating and dieting as a lens in experiences with interventions

Overindulging and/or bingeing

Regret and shame associated with food

Restrictive food and/or dieting behaviour

Speaking for a friend