Chinese adults' nutrition label literacy in Hong Kong: Implications for nurses

Pui Sze Queenie LAW, Alice Hoi Ying YAU, Wai Yee Joanne CHUNG

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The study aimed to investigate Chinese adults' nutrition label literacy in Hong Kong. It employed a web‐based survey with structured questions. A total of 368 Chinese adults aged 18‐59 participated in the survey and their nutrition label literacy was measured by the Newest Vital Sign (NVS). About two‐thirds (68%) of the participants had limited nutrition literacy skills. Although they were able to identify correctly the calorie and sugar content of food products, 44% and 48% of them had difficulty in determining the consumption of calories and serving food sizes respectively. Another finding from the survey was that those with lower education level and of older age had significantly lower mean nutrition label literacy scores, which indicated that they were at higher risk for food insecurity. The findings showed that the nutrition label literacy level of Hong Kong's general public is quite low. This study can provide insights for nurses and healthcare professionals on how to educate people with lower education level and/or of advanced age to use nutrition labels more effectively and to further nutrition label literacy study and research, particularly in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-177
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number2
Early online dateOct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


Law, Q. P. S., Yau, A. H. Y., & Chung, J. W. Y. (2019). Chinese adults' nutrition label literacy in Hong Kong: Implications for nurses. Nursing & Health Sciences, 21(2), 171-177. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12575


  • Demographic factors
  • Food label
  • Hong Kong
  • Nutrition education
  • Nutrition label literacy


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