Survey participants have gut health misconceptions
CINCINNATI A recent GfK Roper "Gut Check" survey, sponsored by the Align brand, revealed that approximately 1-in-4 survey participants experience occasional digestive upsets, and of those, 1-in-5 have been told that these disruptive upsets are caused by their attitude or emotions, Procter & Gamble announced Wednesday.
"I see the frustration occasional digestive upsets cause my patients," stated Roshini Rajapaksa, a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. "The first step to building a stronger inside is to better understand how your digestive system works and what you can do to keep it healthy,” she said. "To help improve both their health and lifestyle, I teach my patients that it comes down to simple science — it is important to have the right balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. When we replenish the good bacteria with probiotics it helps maintain a healthy digestive system."
Although probiotics, or good bacteria that provide a health benefit, have been in use for more than 100 years, the survey also found that people still have misconceptions about their gut health:
- 43% of those surveyed believed that most types of bacteria are not helpful for the GI tract;
- More than 40% believed that all probiotics essentially have the same benefits and are not strain specific; and
- A large majority (77%) thought that probiotics found in supplements are not as natural as those found in foods.
The "Gut Check" survey findings also showed that digestive upsets can interrupt daily life. Of those who experienced occasional digestive upsets, more than half felt their upsets impacted their self confidence. Eight-in-10 tried to go about their day normally, but most still made adjustments to their activities. Nearly half missed an event or trip or avoided a social situation because of an occasional digestive upset, and more than one-third of survey respondents changed their diet to deal with their digestive upsets.
Little disparity between behaviors in families with healthy, obese children
CHICAGO SymphonyIRI Group and the Food Marketing Institute on Tuesday released research finding the behaviors of families with one or more overweight/obese children differ little from those with all healthy-weight children.
“Many myths and misperceptions continue to exist about childhood obesity,” stated Thom Blischok, global president of innovation and strategy at SymphonyIRI. “This new research is the first of a series designed to probe into the attitudes, behaviors and rituals within the family that can lead to children becoming overweight or obese. We have found that just a few differences in behaviors can make the difference between the path to [being] overweight and obesity, and that of maintaining healthy weight children.”
“Gaining a greater understanding of home behaviors and dynamics is critical to addressing childhood obesity in a holistic manner,” added Cathy Polley, VP health and wellness at FMI. “FMI is working to address the issues that lead to childhood obesity, and our partnership with SymphonyIRI on this important new research is the latest step in these efforts.”
The new research identified five factors that can make the difference between one or more children becoming overweight or obese, and all children maintaining healthy weight:
- Value of influencing key influencers – Despite the hype about social media, very few parents of healthy weight or overweight/obese children visit these sites for key information. Both types of parents focus primarily on primary care physicians, other medical resources, friends and relatives, as well as health-and-wellness websites, books, magazines and newspapers, and nutritionists/dieticians to gain critical information;
- Involvement in purchase decisions and food preparation – Children in healthy weight families tend to be more involved in food purchase decisions. In addition, parents in healthy weight families are more likely to be involved in preparing and cooking most meals (89% versus 82% in overweight/obese children);
- Healthy habits translate to healthy weight children – Households with healthy weight children have fewer rules about eating than those with one or more overweight/obese children (46% for healthy weight families versus 51% for families with one or more overweight/obese children). The traditional family adage of “finish what’s on your plate” does not serve children well: just 28% of families with healthy weight children apply this rule versus 38% for families with at least one overweight or obese child;
- Play is important – The study found that 78% of healthy weight children play inside for 30 minutes or more per day, versus just 71% of overweight/obese children; and
- Attitudes about health translate to weight – Parents of healthy weight children place a premium on most activities that lead to healthy weight. These include daily exercise (valued by 92% of healthy weight family parents versus 88% of parents of one or more overweight/obese children), access to fruit and vegetables in school (89% versus 85%, respectively) and limiting fast food (86% versus 83%, respectively).
Perrigo gains OTC rights for generic Allegra products
ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo on Tuesday announced that it has acquired the exclusive U.S. store brand rights to sell and distribute OTC versions of fexofenadine HCl 180 mg and 60 mg tabs, plus fexofenadine HCl 60 mg and pseudoephedrine 120 mg tabs, the generic versions of Sanofi-Aventis’ Allegra and Allegra D-12 products, respectively.
Allegra 180 mg, 60 mg, and Allegra D-12 are indicated for the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Sanofi-Aventis has applied to the Food and Drug Administration for the Rx-to-OTC switch of these drugs, even going so far as to acquire OTC supplier Chattem as an in-house distribution arm for the allergy medicine.
It is assumed Allegra will be approved for its switch OTC, especially as an FDA advisory committee in 2001 recommended Allegra be eligible for switch.
Prior to generic competition entering the fexofenadine Rx market in 2005, Allegra 180 mg and 60 mg had combined annual sales of approximately $1.5 billion, and in 2009, Allegra D-12 had annual sales of $600 million according to data provided by Wolters-Kluwer.