The obesity epidemic is a major driver of change in both food and health care.
- • Threatening to overwhelm the U.S. healthcare system (obesity underlays 21% of all U.S. health care costs)
- • No effective pharmaceutical solution – diet and exercise remain the only effective control points.
- • Major public policy issue from the White House on down.
- • FDA initiatives in labeling, including 13 proposed changes in Nutrition Facts such as “added sugar.”
- • The explosive growth of China’s emerging middle class: 500 million more by 2025.
- • Health claims on food expanding with clinical support – now 43% of food products carry a health claim.
- • Companies are increasingly developing products that target health-conscious consumers.
In 1985, there was no state with an obesity level greater than 14%.
By 2010, there was no state with an obesity level less than 20%.
Source: The Parthenon Group presentation “Picking Winners in Food & Nutrition Investments” dated April 2014.