2013 IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey Media Resources



The 2013 Food & Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes toward Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health, commissioned by the International Food Information Council Foundation, is the seventh annual national quantitative study designed to gain insights from Americans on important food safety, nutrition, and health-related topics. The research provides the opportunity to gain insight on how Americans view their own diets, their efforts to improve them, how they balance diet and exercise, and their beliefs and behaviors when it comes to food safety.


Press Release (HTML link)

Press Release (PDF)

Survey Presentation from Media Webcast (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)

Full Survey (PDF)

Infographic (Coming Soon!)


Download MP3 (17 MB file, 18:31)

An interview with Marianne Smith Edge, senior vice president of nutrition and food safety at the IFIC Foundation, by Matt Raymond, senior director of communication at the IFIC Foundation.

Fast Facts

  • The vast majority of Americans believe it’s possible to have at least a great deal of control over the healthfulness of their level of physical activity, their diet and their weight, yet far fewer are actually taking that control.
  • According to the survey, 90 percent of respondents say it’s possible to have at least “a great deal of control” or “complete control” over their level of physical activity, yet only 65 percent are actually trying to take that same amount of control in their own lives.
  • When asked to assign a letter grade from A to F to their own diet and physical activity, consumers gave their own level of physical activity an average grade of “C-plus,” while they grade their own diets slightly higher at an average grade of “B-minus.”
  • More than half of Americans (56 percent to 35 percent) agree that they would rather lose $1,000 than gain an additional 20 pounds.
  • Taste continues to be the most important factor driving consumers’ decisions to buy foods and beverages, with 89 percent rating the impact of taste as high, versus 71 percent who said “price,” 64 percent who said “healthfulness,” 56 percent who said “convenience” and 36 percent who said “sustainability.”
  • People’s willingness to believe new information about food and health is impacted most by their their own research, with 91 percent saying it has at least some impact.
  • Seven in 10 Americans (70 percent) are somewhat or very confident in the safety of the U.S. food supply, while 29 percent are not too confident or not at all confident.
  • The initial benchmark Food and Health Survey was conducted in 2006 and subsequent trending Surveys were conducted in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Featured Video

Filmed in Washington, D.C., asking real people real questions from the 2013 IFIC Food and Health Survey.

"Grades & Money" questions



Webcast Speaker Bios

Moderator: Matt Raymond, Senior Director, Communications

Matt Raymond, a veteran communicator for more than 20 years, joined the International Food Information Council & IFIC Foundation in March 2013 as senior director of communications.

Raymond began his career as an on-air, small-market TV reporter. After moving in 1995 to Washington, D.C., he worked on Capitol Hill for eight years as a communications director for two senators and chief of staff for a congressman.

A graduate with distinction from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., he was named the outstanding broadcast journalism student for his graduating class.



Speaker: Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Senior Vice President, Nutrition and Food Safety

Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA is the Senior Vice President for Nutrition & Food Safety for the International Food Information Council Foundation. Marianne has over twenty five years of experience in the healthcare and nutrition communications and marketing field.

She is a past president of the American Dietetic Association and a member of the Institute of Food Technologists. Marianne currently serves on the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, the advisory board to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture.

Marianne received her B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky and a MS in Public Health-Nutrition from Western Kentucky University.



2013 Food and Health Survey Cover