Japan Can Be Wellness Market Leader in These 5 Areas

In anticipation of the Global Wellness Summit heading to Asia this October 15–17, its researchers have just released a report on five wellness markets where Japan could be the future leader. They include Japan’s powerful assets to drive an inbound wellness tourism boom to J-Beauty being back in the limelight to the country being in a pole position to help innovate the smart, healthy cities…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Let them eat junk – Foreign Affairs, July 31, 2019 Since the late 1990s, junk food sales have precipitously declined in the US and Europe, but they’ve burgeoned in emerging markets where soda and snack food companies have now turned their attention, doing everything they can to keep their new markets pliable. In particular, they are building political and social alliances that can help them deflect…

Wellness Evidence Study: Paying People to Stop Smoking Proves Very Effective

A large, new meta-analysis of 33 studies (21,000 people) from the very stringent Cochrane Reviews found that paying people to stop smoking is very effective. Not only were people receiving financial rewards for kicking the habit more likely to quit, they were also more likely to remain smoke-free. The amount was irrelevant: It was just as effective to pay $100 as more than $700. ACCESS…

Fake Alcohol Is a Deadly Problem for Tourists Traveling Abroad

A July 17 story in Quartz explored the recent, tragic deaths of at least nine American tourists (as of June 30) in the Dominican Republic. It has created a media frenzy, the FBI and Dominican authorities are investigating, and one strong theory is that fake or adulterated alcohol was the cause. Beware! READ STORY

More Rich People Calling for Wealth Taxes

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION In this lower growth, uncertain and ever-more unequal world, an issue is gaining prominence: that of a wealth tax. For instance, a group of American billionaires has just been calling publicly for a “wealth tax,” and our own little survey at the Wellness Barometer (very limited and hence with no real scientific validity) shows that ultra-high-net-worth families are surprisingly receptive…

GWI Launches White Paper Series: “Understanding Wellness”

The GWI today launched a new white paper series: “Understanding Wellness.” The research papers are designed to become the go-to primer for policymakers, businesspeople and researchers to understand—in clear and simple terms and backed by expert insight and rich data—the major force that wellness has become around the world and how it will evolve in the future. This first paper, The Global Forces Driving the Growth of the…