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Risk perception about food and feeding: multifocal approach with consumers and professionals

Grant number: 19/10936-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2020 - February 28, 2022
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Science
Principal Investigator:Diogo Thimoteo da Cunha
Grantee:Diogo Thimoteo da Cunha
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Aplicadas (FCA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Limeira , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Caroline Dario Capitani ; Elizabeth Redmond ; Elke Stedefeldt ; Joana Pereira de Carvalho Ferreira ; Luis Miguel Soares Ribeiro Leite da Cunha ; Nicola Buckland ; Veridiana Vera de Rosso


The main objectives of the study are: a) To measure and to evaluate the risk perceptions about food and feeding by consumers considering aspects of health, consumption and foodborne illness and; b) Evaluate the confidence and warmth of nutritionist stereotypes with a view to assess the professional competence. The study has a cross-sectional, analytical design and quantitative methodology. The project is divided into two execution blocks: A) Consumers' perception of food, its consumption and its risk; B) Perception about nutritionists/ dietitians. In block A, 800 volunteers are expected to participate in two stages: To evaluate the risk and benefit perception of adults and the elderly (n = 500) on 50 foods and applying the Food Choice Questionnaire (FCQ) and perceptions related to food handling and hygiene of 300 consumers. They will indicate the perceived risk of food-borne illness related to six losses: economic, performance, social, physical, psychological and time. Understanding food risk perceptions can assist in designing more effective risk mitigation strategies. In block B the objective will be to evaluate the perceptions about professionals related to food. 300 adults, 250 nutritionists and 250 nutrition students (n = 800) will participate in the confidence and warmth of different stereotypes of nutritionists in the light of the Stereotype Content Model (SCM) theory. A professional confidence rating form will be applied by evaluating six images of different types of nutritionists (ranging from: body weight, gender and age). Understanding the perception of individuals about professionals is important because these professionals are highly indicated to help the population about risks associated with food and nutrition (AU)

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Scientific publications (8)
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ZANETTA, LUIS D'AVOGLIO; HAKIM, MARIANA PITON; GASTALDI, GABRIEL BARBOSA; JUCA SEABRA, LARISSA MONT'ALVERNE; ROLIM, PRISCILLA MOURA; PERDOMO NASCIMENTO, LETICIA GUIMARAES; MEDEIROS, CAROLINE OPOLSKI; DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. The use of food delivery apps during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil: The role of solidarity, perceived risk, and regional aspects. Food Research International, v. 149, . (19/10936-0)
DE ANDRADE, MARCEL LEVY; STEDEFELDT, ELKE; ZANIN, LAIS MARIANO; ZANETTA, LUIS D'AVOGLIO; DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. Unveiling the food safety climate's paths to adequate food handling in the hospitality industry in Brazil. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, v. 33, n. 3, . (19/10936-0)
HAKIM, MARIANA PITON; ZANETTA, LUIS D'AVOGLIO; DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. Should I stay, or should I go? Consumers' perceived risk and intention to visit restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil. Food Research International, v. 141, . (19/10936-0)
ZANETTA, LUIS D'AVOGLIO; HAKIM, MARIANA PITON; STEDEFELDT, ELKE; DE ROSSO, VERIDIANA VERA; CUNHA, LUIS MIGUEL; REDMOND, ELIZABETH C.; DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. Consumer risk perceptions concerning different consequences of foodborne disease acquired from food consumed away from home: A case study in Brazil. FOOD CONTROL, v. 133, n. B, . (19/10936-0)
MARSOLA, CAMILA DE MELLO; CUNHA, LUIS MIGUEL; DE CARVALHO-FERREIRA, JOANA PEREIRA; DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. Factors Underlying Food Choice Motives in a Brazilian Sample: The Association with Socioeconomic Factors and Risk Perceptions about Chronic Diseases. FOODS, v. 9, n. 8, . (18/12625-9, 19/10936-0)
CASSIANO, GIOVANA SANTAROSA; CARVALHO-FERREIRA, JOANA PEREIRA; BUCKLAND, NICOLA J.; DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. Do Registered Dietitians, Nutrition Students, and Laypeople Perceive Individuals with Obesity Differently?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, v. 18, n. 17, . (19/10936-0)
DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. Improving food safety practices in the foodservice industry. CURRENT OPINION IN FOOD SCIENCE, v. 42, p. 127-133, . (19/10936-0)
MARSOLA, CAMILA DE MELLO; DE CARVALHO-FERREIRA, JOANA PEREIRA; CUNHA, LUIS MIGUEL; JAIME, PATRICIA CONSTANTE; DA CUNHA, DIOGO THIMOTEO. Perceptions of risk and benefit of different foods consumed in Brazil and the optimism about chronic diseases. Food Research International, v. 143, . (18/12625-9, 19/10936-0)

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