The Health Traveler Blog: Statistics & Facts

Wellness and Wellness Tourism: More Than a Lifestyle Choice
Posted by Josef Woodman on 17 August 2013

In 1997 I cofounded, one of the world’s first online wellness sites, eyeing a projected $2 trillion US healthcare crisis and looming challenges of the sedentary workplace and harmful lifestyle habits. The idea was to offer employee incentives for wellness behaviors that would in turn foster a healthier, more productive workforce.

We were long before our time; after four challenging years we sold the company in 2001.

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Obesity in US and Mexico Leading to Quality Bariatrics Options
Posted by Josef Woodman on 05 September 2011
Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Factbook 2010 via Google Public Data.

According to data from the OECD 2010 Fact Book, Mexico is the second most obese nation in the world, just trailing — you guessed it — the United States. This fact may have interesting implications for medical travel market between the two countries.

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Weight Loss Surgery Complications Declining
Posted by Josef Woodman on 20 August 2011

A 2009 study published in the Journal Medical Care found that rates of complications for weight loss surgery have been declining significantly. This is potentially great news for patients considering weight-reduction surgery outside of their home country, where the risk of having to make a second trip to correct post-surgery problems is a huge concern for such patients and may prevent them from pursuing that option.

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