Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
Plant-based meat is losing its sizzle, with falling US sales casting a shadow over expectations that the nascent category would take a chunk out of the real animal meat market. In the four weeks to October 3, sales of plant-based meat alternatives fell 1.8 per cent compared to the year before, taking declines for 2021 to 0.6 per cent, according to the US retail data group SPINS.
Nearly two years into a pandemic in which medical science has largely saved the day, you may think that interest in the “wellness” trend would be waning. Not a bit of it. Juice cleanses, mindfulness, high-end yoga retreats and Himalayan salt lamps are as popular as ever.
“The people who need this stuff most are least likely to receive it in.” This is an Inside Science story. Technologies like smartwatches, mobile apps and websites have been touted as an accessible and effective way for people to monitor and increase their physical activity and improve their health.
I’m not on TikTok for the beauty trends – shocking, coming from someone who writes about beauty for a living, I know. I’m really just there for the memes and a break from Instagram’s unwavering, manufactured perfection. But everywhere I turn (er, scroll), I’m met with videos of ” clean” beauty tutorials that reek of that same unattainable perfection.
Gyms are bustling with customers and confidence. Capacity is nearing 2019 levels, users are ditching at-home workouts for studio fitness and well-financed operators are eyeing up struggling competitors. Inspired by Peloton’s success during the pandemic, big, low-cost gyms are moving into tech as they spy a chance to stand out from rivals.
The kids aren’t alright. According to the founders of Wave, 75% of Gen Z is struggling with their emotional well-being. To be clear – not all of them are meeting the criteria for diagnosable mental health illnesses, but they do need a bit more than a firm handshake and a “keep goi…