- Published reports out of the UK say that the British government is ready to impose new regulations that will reduce the number of commercials that children see for junk food, as well as restricting the times during which these ads can be aired. If manufacturers and television executives ignore these restrictions, the government is expected to impose an outright ban on such commercials.
- The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) has released a new study suggesting that while overweight and obesity concerns affect consumers across demographic and lifestyle classifications, low-carb dieting has reached a plateau, with 22 percent of the U.S. population reporting they used “eating fewer carbohydrates” in managing their weight in 2004, compared with 24 percent who responded similarly in 2003.
Interestingly, NMI also found that exercise was reported to be the most popular weight management tool, 38 percent of those polled saying they exercised “regularly and consistently” to lose weight.
- Time magazine reports that Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh has said that “Canada cannot be the drugstore of the United States. Neither American consumers nor Canadian suppliers should have any illusions otherwise."
Numerous US states and municipalities have been importing prescription drugs from Canada as a way of reducing health care costs, a strategy that has been opposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- The National Restaurant Association (NRA), which has a rooting interest in the results, has released a study saying that 53 percent of Americans plan to supplement their home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners with ready-to-eat takeout menu items acquired from a restaurant or supermarket.