“Nestlé Wants to Sell You Both Sugary Snacks and Diabetes Pills”
– Bloomberg, May 5, 2016

This article delves into the issue of whether “Big Food” is the next Big Tobacco – with all the destruction of value that this would imply – and describes a future industry that may find itself between food and pharmaceuticals. It focuses on Nestlé, the largest food company in the world, that is redefining itself as a scientifically-driven “nutrition, health and wellness company,” premised upon the idea that food could be the basis for an entirely new type of medication—both preventive treatments and therapies for acute disease.

“After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight”
– The New York Times Magazine, May 2, 2016

Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained most of the weight back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.

“Millennials Change the Complexion of the Beauty Business”
– The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2016

Millennials are changing the nature and profitability of the beauty business by favoring products that offer more immediate results rather than acquiring expensive skin creams that have been big profit drivers.

“The Smartphone Way to Inner Calm”
– The New York Times, May 4, 2016

Even though we’ve expressed some skepticism about mindfulness/meditation apps, here is a list of a few that attracted The New York Times’ attention.

“Can Reading Make You Happier? (And Healthier?)”
– The New Yorker – June 9, 2016

Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem and lower rates of depression than non-readers. Should “bibliotherapy” become a bigger focus in the wellness world?

A Striking Stat:

Humans Spend Less than 1 Percent of Life Exercising – But 41 Percent with Technology

The average human only spends 0.69 percent of their life exercising (180 of their 25,915 days). But 41 percent of a human life is now spent engaging with technology (10,625 out of their 25,915 days).

Source: Reebok & Censuswide Global Study, May 2016

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