10 Industries That Benefit From a Fatter World

by Angela Nazworth | July 6, 2012 3:00 pm

The world has an obesity problem.

While the U.S. is arguably the “fattest” country in the world, obesity rates are on the rise[1] in India, Mexico, Brazil, the U.K., East Asia and other areas. Overeating is hurting many people, but it’s also helping a few industries.

Business Insider recently compiled a list that highlights the industries that are getting rich off obesity[2]. Here’s a rundown.

  1. Fast food (both restaurants and suppliers)
  2. Snack food
  3. Health care
  4. Diabetes-drug makers
  5. Cholesterol-drug makers
  6. Weight-loss pills
  7. Fad diets and exercises
  8. TV (Confused by this one? Think The Biggest Loser)
  9. Energy (This is tricky, too … overweight people spend more time indoors, which equates to using more electricity)
  10. Textiles

Head on over to Business Insider[3] to read more about each industry on the list.

Endnotes:
  1. obesity rates are on the rise: http://vitalsigns.worldwatch.org/vs-trend/levels-overweight-rise
  2. industries that are getting rich off obesity: http://www.businessinsider.com/industries-profiting-from-obesity-2012-6#
  3. Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/industries-profiting-from-obesity-2012-6#textiles-and-more-11

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