Dr. Terry T-K Huang, professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health and colleagues published a study in the Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy on in the relationship between self-rated health and use of nutrition labels.
Dr. Huang and his colleagues used data from a population-based, random sample of more than 1,500 people in Nebraska. The researchers found a U-shaped relationship between self-rated health and nutrition label use. Both excellent and poor self-rated health were associated with a higher likelihood of nutrition label use. Males who were obese, had hypertension, diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol were 2.6 times more likely to use nutrition labels. Self-rated health among women was not associated with use of nutrition labels