Buzz­word: Fam­ily jet lag

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Fam­ily jet lag is the con­di­tion peo­ple suf­fer when they are phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally drained by fes­tive fam­ily trips. The stress of travel, squeez­ing in too many vis­its and the anx­i­ety of see­ing peo­ple you meet only a few times a year all take their toll. Psy­chol­o­gists say that us­ing lim­ited hol­i­day time can lead to re­sent­ment and sleep­ing pat­terns are dis­rupted, just like nor­mal jet lag. Read more on chi­nadaily.

Item­fromDec28,1983,in Chi­naDaily:TheBei­jing Nutri­tionSourceRe­search In­sti­tuteisout­tochangethe eat­ing­habit­soft­heChi­nese peo­ple.…

For30­cents,itof­fersa plate­fulof­foodthat­meet­sits cri­te­ri­afor­nu­tri­tion, hy­giene,va­ri­ety,con­ve­nience and­cost.

China is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a tran­si­tion to a health­ier liv­ing. In the 1950s and 1960s, peo­ple were sat­is­fied with fill­ing their stom­achs, but now the rise in in­comes al­lows them to pay more at­ten­tion to their di­ets.

Man­age­ment con­sul­tancy Bain & Co and mar­ket re­searcher Kan­tar World­panel re­cently tracked trends in the sales of pack­aged foods, bev­er­ages, per­sonal care items and house­hold goods, which to­gether ac­count for 80 per­cent of sales of fast-mov­ing con­sumer goods in China.

Their re­port showed that prod­ucts that tra­di­tion­ally cater to bluecol­lar work­ers were hard­est hit, with sales of in­stant noo­dles drop­ping by 12.5 per­cent and beer by 3.6 per­cent.

A de­cline was also seen in the sales of cakes, can­dies and ice creams — more than 11 per­cent in value last year.

Mean­while, sales of water pu­ri­fiers soared by 50 per­cent be­tween 2011 and 2015.

Ex­perts be­lieve that China’s chang­ing econ­omy is al­ter­ing peo­ple’s daily lives and in­flu­enc­ing their at­ti­tudes to­ward con­sump­tion.

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