John LaRosa

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Virtual Weight Loss Market Grows to $1.4 Billion

The total weight loss market is now worth more than $72 billion, and a growing share of it takes place online and digitally. Technology and increased usage of the Internet and smartphones have changed the way Americans lose weight, and how they access weight loss programs. New companies like Noom have entered the market with apps in attempts to “disrupt” long-established players like Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, and Jenny Craig.

Topics: Food & Beverage Healthcare Industry Insights

Top 9 Things to Know About the Weight Loss Industry

The total U.S. weight loss industry hit a new peak in 2018, growing 4% to $72 billion. The largest diet companies are shifting direction and changing ownership as Weight Watchers rebrands itself to its new name WW and focuses more on wellness, Jenny Craig is up for sale, NutriSystem gets acquired by Tivity Health, and Slim-Fast is acquired by Glanbia, a multilevel marketing firm.

Topics: Food & Beverage Pharmaceuticals Healthcare

Top 6 Things to Know About the U.S. Fertility Clinics Industry

According to a new report from Marketdata, the fertility clinics industry in the United States is booming, thanks to growing demand from American couples that have delayed childbearing, more widespread acceptance of fertility treatment and usage by gay couples, improved success rates, a strong economy, and significant demand from medical tourists coming from Europe and China. The industry is fragmented, largely untapped, and is ripe for consolidation.

Topics: Diagnostics Healthcare Industry Insights

U.S. Weight Loss Industry Outlook Strong for 2018 and Beyond

There are very few negatives in this year’s outlook for the U.S. weight loss market. The largest competitors are back in high-growth mode, unemployment is down, obesity rates are still high, and more DIY dieters seem to be joining structured programs.

The industry appears to be hitting on all cylinders, propelled by a strong overall economy and continued high demand for weight loss programs by a largely overweight population.

Topics: Food & Beverage Healthcare Industry Insights

6 Things to Know About the U.S. Gigs & Side Hustles Market

Gig work soared after the Great Recession, as workers were laid off and millennials entered the job market. In addition, new technology – including ride sharing apps and the ability to telecommute and provide freelance services from home – also fueled growth in part-time gigs. In an effort to find life/work balance, millennials and others embraced this more flexible lifestyle.

Topics: E-commerce & IT Outsourcing Business Services & Administration Industry Insights

The $10 Billion Self-Improvement Market Adjusts to a New Generation

To maintain long-term viability, the personal growth – aka self-improvement – industry’s future generation of gurus, speakers and experts will need to be more accountable to consumers. General motivational programs are less popular today. Many consumers looking for more practical programs and a return on their invested time and money have found that programs and philosophies – such as the “law of attraction” – have overpromised and underdelivered.

Topics: Media Industry Insights

Dispelling the Top Myths About Medical Weight Loss Programs

Many healthcare professionals today (such as doctors, nurses, and dieticians) still think that it’s too much of a hassle to operate a medical weight loss program, and that there’s no profit in it. This thinking is simply not accurate, and this article will present some facts to dispel the most common myths.

Topics: Healthcare Industry Insights

Tattoo Parlors & Tattoo Removal Is Now a Booming $3 Billion Industry

Tattoos and body art in the U.S. have soared in popularity lately, especially among Millennials, fueling an industry comprised of 20,000 tattoo parlors or studios. The industry, which also includes body piercing and tattoo removal, is estimated to be worth $3 billion, and is growing strongly.

Topics: House & Home Retail Industry Insights

Will the Meal Kit Delivery Industry Hold Up in a Recession?

The food industry is the latest targeted for “disruption.” With the rise of meal kit delivery services, venture capital firms have been in a frenzy the past three years to find a success story, and profits. However, when the economy turns south, who will be left to pay $10-12 per person per meal for gourmet food?

Topics: Food & Beverage E-commerce & IT Outsourcing

American Singles Fuel the $2.5 Billion Dating Market

Matchmaking and online dating has become big business, with dating services estimated to be worth $2.5 billion in 2015 and forecast to grow 5.1% per year to $3.2 billion by 2020.

The dating industry consists of much more than just dating websites, although these get the bulk of the media attention and account for 70% of the industry’s revenues. America’s 124 million singles are using mobile apps more often, but traditional services like matchmakers and dating coaches are also doing well.

Topics: Travel & Leisure Retail E-commerce & IT Outsourcing Industry Insights