The Fatty Future of our Children

Two independent news reports, one from the US and one from the UK, published one day apart from each other, have recently caught my interest: the younger populations, including children and millennials/young adults, will have the highest obesity rates in recorded history.

The numbers are appalling. The incidence rate of obesity in children less than 5 years of age is at its highest, with 26% of them being overweight and 15% obese. Once a child is overweight, the majority remain that way throughout the rest of their lives. At 16-19 years of age, 40% are already obese. In the case of the millennials, it is estimated that 70% of them will be overweight before they are 40.

Excess weight has a terrible effect on their health and quality of life. Not only are they more prone to many health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver, but also to around 13 types of cancer. And to be at risk of these diseases at such a young age only makes matters worse, as the probability increases as time goes by.

This is a matter of grave concern, and measures must be taken to stall, if not reverse, the incidence rate. It is still not too late, we must take action by increasing awareness, promote healthy eating habits and physical activity. We must do this, for the sake of the future of our children.

Jonathan Jones, PhD

Product Development Manager  



South Korea, A new angle of PLX on the market of senior-friendly food products

The world is rapidly becoming an aging society and also, South Korea will become the world’s most aged society by 2050 due to a prolonged average lifespan and an extremely low birth rate. Thus, A part of silver food market will be increased in the change of food consumption patterns.

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Stress and Lack of Sleep ages you. The mind-skin link

In 2017, Dr. Krutmann and his colleagues defined the concept of “skin aging exposome” as the external and internal factors, and their interactions, affecting a human individual from conception to death, which lead to the biological and clinical signs of skin aging. This includes external factors such as sun exposure, tobacco, pollution, and nutrition. Also, stress and lack of sleep were identified as exacerbating factors.

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Vietnam, young and dynamic nutraceutical industry

Located in South East Asia, Vietnam’s neighbor countries are China, in the north, and Laos and Cambodia, in the west. It’s population is around 93 million inhabitants. Around 85% of the population is less than 55 years old, so it is considered a quite young compared to most of the western countries.

Talking about the economy, in the last three years the growth has been more than 6% annually and it is expected to continue at this pace until 2019. Despite uncertainties in the global environment, Vietnam’s economy remains strong, mainly because of domestic demand and export oriented manufacturing.

In 1993, over half of the population lived on less than $1.90-a-day. Today, the rate of such extreme poverty has fallen to 3 percent. The proportion of the population living below the national poverty line (GSO-WB Poverty line) reached 13.5 percent in 2014—down from close to 60 percent in 1993. More than 40 million people escaped poverty over the course of two decades. The Vietnamese population today is more educated and healthier than twenty years ago—and these advances are enjoyed across society. Learning outcomes are high, including in primary school. Infant and under-five mortality rates have been significantly reduced in the last twenty years. Stunting also significantly decreased, from 61 percent in 1993 to 23 percent in 2012. Life expectancy at birth is now 76 years, an improvement from 71 years in 1993.(1)

The food supplements industry in Vietnam is growing due to improvement in living standards. The population is now more concern about their health.

International manufacturers continue to dominate the market. Foreign brands tend to be positioned in the premium segment to attract mid-high end consumers, while local brands generally concentrate on the mass market. In addition, foreign players are also more active in non-herbal /traditional products, while local players are more prominent in herbal/traditional dietary supplements. In 2014 around 40% of the market corresponded to imported products. The most popular official retail channels are direct selling and chemists, pharmacies, healthcare & beauty care retail shops and foreign product specialty stores. The main areas of health concern are eye health, digestive health, heart health, mental health, women’s health and children’s health.(2)

Monteloeder has a regional office in Malaysia to be closer to the customers of this area, like Vietnam. We believe that being close to the customers we can understand better their needs and therefore serve them better.

Ignacio Cartagena

Vice President, Sales



(1) World Bank

(2) Australian Trade Commision

China health supplement market: Retail or e-commerce?

The health supplement market in China has been forecasted to reach 160 billion yuan in 2018. Just second from the US market, and expected to surpass it in just a few years time. However, the highly regulated health supplement industry there is always not easy for foreign brand companies to enter the market.

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The pharmaceutical industry and the nutraceutical industry, hand in hand.

Sixty years ago, the pharmaceutical industry focused on developing new active ingredients that involved long processes lasting at least ten years and costing millions, in which approximately five years would be spent on developing a new product that then required another five years for the approved clinical trials.

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