129. Knowledge and attitudes towards healthy eating and physical activity briefing paper
There is a range of data that describes people’s knowledge of and attitudes to
physical activity and healthy eating in England. However, much of the data have not
been examined in full and no attempt has been made to pull together the findings.
The objective of this paper is to support public health practitioners who wish to gain a
greater understanding of these issues.
It presents new analyses of knowledge and attitudinal data on physical activity and dietary intake from national sources and investigates factors that may be mediators of behaviour change. Whilst it is recognised that there are additional data sources at local level and in the commercial sector, this paper is not intended to be a comprehensive review and only includes data which is in the public domain or freely available.This paper analyses national level data from a range of datasets on the knowledge of and attitudes towards healthy eating and physical activity of adults and children in England.
The paper is split into two sections: adults and children. These sections are then
further divided, where data is available, into the following themes:
• knowledge, beliefs and self-perceptions relating to diet
• perceptions of dieting and weight loss
• knowledge, beliefs and self-perceptions relating to physical activity