What are the weight loss industry statistics and trends for 2019 and beyond? We have the answers.
The most popular time of year to start the goal of losing weight is in January. Dropping pounds and getting in shape is usually at the top of the New Year’s Resolution list for a lot of Americans.
Where is the weight loss industry going and what trends do we see? Below are top weight loss industry statistics and trends for 2018, 2019, and beyond.
This post includes weight loss industry statistics and trends for 2019 and beyond:
- General weight loss industry trends and statistics
- Trends for weight loss programs
- Rise in the Keto diet plan for women
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21 Weight Loss Industry Statistics and Trends for 2018, 2019 and Beyond
We’ve gathered the top Weight Loss Industry statistics and trends for this year and into next year, including how education, age and level impact obesity, differences between men and women, and where the industry is going.
Important Weight Loss Industry Statistics and Trends
#1 Evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. (CDC)
#2 Even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars. (CDC)
#3 Eating breakfast is a common trait among people who have lost weight and kept it off. Eating a healthful breakfast may help you avoid getting “over-hungry” and then overeating later in the day. (CDC)
#4 Two-thirds of the United States adult population is overweight, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of at least 25, or obese, a BMI of at least 30. (Science Daily)
#5 73% of men in the United States are overweight, compared to only 63% of women. But memberships in weight loss programs are dominated by women (FranchiseHelp)
#6 Among children and adolescents ages 2 to 19, about 1 in 6 (17.2 percent) were considered to have obesity, about 1 in 17 (6 percent) were considered to have extreme obesity.(Niddk.NIH)
#7 Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. (CDC)
#8 The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. (CDC)
#9 The prevalence of obesity was 35.7% among young adults aged 20 to 39 years, 42.8% among middle-aged adults aged 40 to 59 years, and 41.0% among older adults aged 60 and older. (CDC)
#10 Overall, men and women with college degrees had lower obesity prevalence compared with those with less education. (CDC)
#11 By race/ethnicity, the same obesity and education pattern was seen among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic women, and also among non-Hispanic white men, although the differences were not all statistically significant. Although the difference was not statistically significant among non-Hispanic black men, obesity prevalence increased with educational attainment. Among non-Hispanic Asian women and men and Hispanic men there were no differences in obesity prevalence by education level. (CDC)
#13 Among women, obesity prevalence was lower in the highest income group than in the middle and lowest income groups. This pattern was observed among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic Asian, and Hispanic women. Among non-Hispanic black women, there was no difference in obesity prevalence by income. (CDC)
Trends for Weight Loss Programs in 2018, 2019 and Beyond
What are the trends for weight loss programs in 2018 and 2019? These statistics provide the answers.
#14 Weight Watchers -Weight Watchers, which not only champions a sustainable diet but has sustained itself for over fifty years, is a favorite amongst nutritionists. (Reviews)
#15 Noom – Noom packs a lot of behavioral psychology into one sophisticated app. It aims to help you identify and break bad habits, and have some fun doing it. (Reviews)
#16 The Mayo Clinic Diet – If you’re more of a self-starter — someone who just needs to be pointed in the right direction — The Mayo Clinic Diet provides pure resources. Picking up the entertaining, densely informative book is the only associated cost. (Reviews)
#17 MyFitnessPal App – No frills weight-loss and exercise tracking app. There are lots of nearly identical apps on the market, but this one provides the easiest, quickest food tracking we experienced, plus advanced options like goal setting and nutrition analysis. For education and support, you’ll have to turn to outside sources. (Reviews)
Rise in the Keto Diet Plan for Women
The year 2018 showed a tremendous rise in the popularity of the low carb Keto diet for women and men. Will the trend continue?
#18 Weight loss is the primary reason most patients use the ketogenic diet. Previous research shows good evidence of a faster weight loss when patients go on a ketogenic or very low carbohydrate diet compared to participants on a more traditional low-fat diet, or even a Mediterranean diet. (health.harvard)
#19 Many problems on a keto diet are the result of not eating enough fat. Fat is your friend on keto; you absolutely need it to get enough energy and nutrients. If you don’t keep your intake at the recommended levels, you’ll put your body under immense stress and develop hormonal problems. (kissmyketo)
#20 30 grams of net carbs per day is enough to keep you in ketosis. However, you may need to eat more if you are highly active. Just make sure you are eating some carbs on keto to support normal thyroid functioning. (kissmyketo)
#21 Ketosis for women is safe and even beneficial. Women with metabolic disorders like obesity and PCOS benefit from being in ketosis. Ketosis helps them shed extra body fat and improve metabolism functioning, which, in turn, balances out female hormones. (kissmyketo)
Analyzing the Data for Weight Loss Trends in 2018 and 2019
As the American population struggles with obesity, there’s no question the weight loss industry will continue to support people efforts to lose weight. The rise in health care costs associated with obesity is outstanding. The continued rise is childhood obesity and extreme obesity is extremely concerning.
Programs for weight loss continue to be important and we see a shift to apps and other on-the-go options as being especially significant. Noom’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) option shows a new trend in weight loss programs. (Watch our video review of Noom here.) The continued popularity of programs such as the Weight Watchers app and My Fitness Pal show the demand for immediate feedback and the ability for customers to track from smart phones.
Research continues to show that those with more education weigh less. Those in lower income communities need continued education about healthy options, in addition to access to exercise programs and healthy food choices.
The typical dieter makes a few weight loss attempts per year. Many adults make their first attempt around the New Year. More and more Americans are understanding that it takes permanent lifestyle changes to lose weight and prevent weight gain.
These Weight Loss Industry Statistics and Trends for 2019 show where weight loss is headed as America continues to wrestle with obesity concerns.
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