Blog: Brits are the junk-food junkies
Dean Best | 2 January 2008
Welcome back to you all after what was, I hope, a relaxing Christmas. One or two of you (should that be us?!) may have over-done it a tad over the festive period and will be writing a list of resolutions in a bid to undo the excesses.
In a bid to spur us on, a study emerged today (2 January) that claims the UK is the country most “addicted” to fast food.
A survey of 9,000 people from 13 countries found the US closely followed the UK in its love for fast food. The study also found people acted in a conflicting manner when it came to managing their weight.
"People are inherently contradictory and nowhere is it more obvious than on such a sensitive and important issue as their weight," said Synovate global head of media Steve Garton.
The publication of the study – and, perhaps, the blow to British self-esteem – comes at a crucial time in the obesity debate in the UK.
New regulations on food advertising kicked into action yesterday with “junk food” banned from TV for programmes watched by the under-16s.
With the UK’s love for fast food now apparently usurping that across the Atlantic, those who argued for the regulations will be feeling vindicated.
Others will argue, however, that the guidelines that went live yesterday don’t go far enough.
Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...
Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden....
Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....
FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....
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