Hungary: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Hungary. Compare Hungary with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

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Hungary implements nutrition and diet-related policy actions in 7 out of the 10 policy areas in the NOURISHING framework. The only policy area which received a good assessment refers to limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1), followed by a moderate assessment for food standards in public institutions (O), financial incentives to increase affordability and accessibility of healthier food (U), and increasing public awareness of healthy eating through communication campaigns (I2).

Weaknesses in policies on sugar-sweetened beverages in schools and a lack of measures on food in the vicinity of schools lowered the outcome for policy area O, which included otherwise well-designed standards on school food and food in other out-of-education locations. Nutrition standards for food procurement and measures supporting food producers to increase healthy food in the supply chain have been implemented but need strengthening further as no other policy actions were identified referring to food system coherence with health (H).

No action was taken in improving the healthiness of food in the retail environment (S), on nutrition education on curricula (G), and on providing advice and counselling (N2). Even though Hungary implemented a sugar tax, greater action should be taken in this policy area, by using financial incentives to increase affordability and accessibility of healthier food (U). The important gaps in action to limit marketing to young people (R) should also be addressed.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Hungary’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Hungary. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Hungary with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Hungary, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

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