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The So What:
  • I included a recent article below from the New York Times called "When You're Told You're Too Fat to Get Pregnant." The article talks about the challenges many larger-bodied women face when attempting to access IVF treatment, including a barrage of assumptions they come up against from the medical community. The fertility industry lags behind in their ability to support fat women who are interested in having children. There is an opportunity for current and new players in the fertility industry to create supportive and inclusive environments for fat women who are looking to access fertility treatments, and who, in general, are trying to get pregnant.
  • European Plus-Size apparel retailer Navabi just completed a “Media for Equity” deal in the “double-digit million” amount which will allow it to leverage significant media presence in order to build brand awareness in Germany. SevenVentures, the investment arm of the media conglomerate ProSiebenSat, led the investment, which illustrates a growing commitment in Europe to support Plus-Size fashion. The purchase of CDM Fitness mentioned below, illustrates that investors are seeing the importance of investing in fitness brands that are speaking differently to customers. The Managing Director of the Private Equity firm that purchased CDM (the largest Planet Fitness franchisee in Massachusetts) was quoted as saying “We are big believers in Planet Fitness’ disruptive and inclusive business model.”  This bodes well for other exercise and fitness companies to understand that inclusivity can be a key business driver. Deals such as this will slowly but surely change the way companies think about positioning their brands to customers.
What's the Story?

The latest news in size-related marketing and product development and its implications.

"Vanessa Williams Launches Chic and Affordable Size-Inclusive Clothing Line with HSN."

"Maer is a Party-Ready, Size-Inclusive, Direct-To-Consumer Label to Watch."  

"What Women's Plus Activewear Looks Like Today."

"Fashion-Forward Lingerie Brand ChickyChaps Releases Innovative Thigh Bands and Shorts that Prevent Chafing."

"SevenVentures Makes Big Bet on Plus-Size Retailer Navabi in ‘Media for Equity’ Deal."

"Private Equity Firm Spanos Barber Jesse & Co Acquired CDM Fitness, The Largest Planet Fitness Franchisee in Massachusetts." 

The Vibe:

Social listening and different perspectives on size-related topics.

"Your Before and After Weight Loss Photos are Fuelling Fatphobia."

"When Khloe Kardashian Called Jordyn Woods "Fat", She Undermined Her Entire Empire."

"Miley Cyrus Got Dragged For Having A Plus-Size Model In Her Video And It's Just Sick."

"Coaching Considerations for Bariatric Surgery Clients."

Global Outlook:

Size-related product, marketing and policy news from around the world.

"Curvy and Proud."

Korean Plus-Size Brand JStyle Is Running an International Plus-Size Model Call.

“Plus-Size Fashion Goes on Sale at New Walk-In Shop."

"Nearly 7 in 10 Young Emirati Men Overweight or Obese"

Quick Study:

Academic research and news about the Medical Industry

"When You're Told You're Too Fat to Get Pregnant."   

"Cancer Research Advert Criticized for 'Comparing Smoking to Obesity.'"  

"Obesity Programme Bans the Word ‘Weight.’"

"Obese Patients Stuck in Hospital Because Nowhere Suitable for Discharge."

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