One in three parents takes little interest in their children’s eating habits, according to a report on childhood obesity by Mintel.
Only 54% of parents said they attempted to educate their children about healthy eating, and just 51% said they had implemented a course of action, such as avoiding too much sugar. Just two in five parents avoided feeding their children high-fat foods.
In addition, 17% of parents feed their children whatever food they want, regardless of its nutritio values. Maria Elustondo, senior market analyst at Mintel, said: “Clearly parents need practical suggestions to make leading a healthy lifestyle as easy as possible.”
John Walton, the son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, has died in a plane crash. Walton was piloting an ultralight plane that crashed after take-off. Forbes magazine listed Walton as the 11th richest person in the world, with a net worth $18.2bn.

US retailer Kroger is to expand its natural foods and books sections. It will also add 50 petrol stations and double the numbers of Starbucks and Seattle Coffee shops this year.

Procter & Gamble’s $57bn bid for Gillette could be sealed within weeks after Brussels called for an additional two weeks to examine concessions put forward by P&G.

Retail sales in Japan were up 2.7% in May, with sales growth at its strongest for eight years. Higher summer bonuses and a dry and hot June should keep consumer spending up.

An Italian judge has found 11 people guilty of charges relating to the collapse of Italian dairy giant Parmalat. The group, which includes former Parmalat chief financial officers Fausto Tonna and Alberto Ferraris, an auditor and the brother and son of Parmalat’s founder, Calisto Tanzi, were given jail terms of up to two-and-a-half years. None of the men is expected to serve his term due to plea bargaining arrangements.
The US craze for spirits is not sustainable, investment bank Merrill Lynch has warned, because it is dependent on fashion and a new “cocktail culture”.
Wal-Mart is looking to expand into central and eastern Europe. Poland, Hungary, Russia, India and further growth in South America are being assessed.
Taiwan has again banned US beef, just three months after reopening its market, after a second case of BSE in the US. Up to 40 countries are banning US beef.
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