Online Weight Loss Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Online weight loss services took a direct hit during the recession as people lost their jobs and had less disposable income to spend on discretionary purchases; however, in the next five years, the industry revenue is expected to continue to rise as people with less leisure time require assistant to lose weight. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Online Weight Loss Services industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Per capita disposable income will rise with the economy, aiding industry revenue

In the five years to 2013, revenue for the Online Weight Loss Services industry is expected to fall due to recessionary declines in demand; however, as the economy recovers, this industry is forecast to rebound during the five years to 2018. “The growing obesity epidemic and health concerns will continue to motivate consumers to purchase subscriptions to online weight loss services, boosting industry revenue,” IBISWorld industry analyst Caitlin Newsom says. Industry revenue is estimated to rise 6.3% in 2013, thanks to rising disposable income and growing health concerns.

Industry revenue is estimated to slightly rise at an average annual rate of 0.1% to $1.1 billion in the five years to 2013. The recession caused disposable income levels to plummet, causing consumers to reduce their discretionary spending on items such as online weight loss services. “As the economy has started its recovery, Americans have returned to work and disposable income levels have started to rise,” Newsom says. This increase in income has allowed customers to return to these services or sign up for online weight loss services for the first time, boosting industry revenue. This growth, however, has only slightly offset the steep revenue declines that stemmed from the recession.

The Online Weight Loss Services industry is highly concentrated. Market share concentration has increased in the five years to 2013, as many industry companies have posted strong growth. Specifically, Weight Watchers has significantly increased its market share in the past five years. The company has greatly expanded its product and service lines in addition to acquiring franchises and companies. However, not all companies have increased market share during the five-year period. NutriSystem has divested or discontinued some of its business operations during the period; for example, in 2010, the company sold its subsidiary Nutrisystem Fresh Inc.

In the five years to 2018, industry revenue is estimated to grow due to recovering consumer demand. Disposable income levels are expected to continue rising as the economy recovers, helping to drive industry demand. Additionally, the US obesity epidemic is expected to continue to worsen during the period. As consumers become increasingly aware of the health risks associated with obesity, they are expected to increasingly turn to weight loss programs. Primary care doctors are also expected to increase their demand for industry products as they deal with more overweight patients; for example, patients with type 2 diabetes can experience huge improvements in their health by losing weight. All of these factors will increase demand for industry products, boosting revenue. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Online Weight Loss Services in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry provides internet membership programs to consumers to assist them in losing weight or maintaining a desired weight. Examples include Weight Watchers and NutriSystem.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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