Unlike many other areas of well-being—such as digestive, cognitive and immune health—concern about joint and bone health was less heavily impacted by the pandemic. In February 2021, only 6% of global respondents said they had become more conscious about their joint and bone health as a result of the virus (compared to 65% who said immunity).
However, over the period between 2018 and 2021, an increase occurred in the proportion of consumers who said they recognized a link between good joint and bone health and good overall health (66% versus 60%). Moreover, the number of people who said they are interested in products that address joint and bone health increased, even if they were not suffering from specific symptoms (60% versus 53%). These findings suggest consumers are becoming more attentive to this area of well-being not as a kneejerk reaction to the pandemic but, instead, because they are focusing on long-term health.
Traditionally, joint and bone health problems are more likely to be associated with a senior demographic. However, FMCG Gurus research showed that knee pains (50%) and shoulder pains (49%) are experienced by a broad consumer demographic at least some of the time.
Poor diet and lifestyle choices may directly and indirectly impact this area of well-being. For instance, 23% of consumers identified their diets as unhealthy (meaning they may lack vital nutrients); and in 2021, 31% said they had put on weight in the last 12 months, which can have the potential to impact areas such as knee health. In addition, more than half (52%) stated they were concerned about the amount of time they spend on digital devices. The reality is many people spend excess time on electronics without taking the recommended breaks and/or maintaining the right posture. As a result, this can lead to aches and pains for consumers of all ages.
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Mike Hughes is head of research and insight at FMCG Gurus. For more information, please contact FMCG Gurus at [email protected].