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How many Paleo people in the world?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 17, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Does anybody have a clue? It seems to me that the number of people who are doing Paleo, GAPS and several other low carb approaches is growing very rapidly.

I would love to hear some guesses - or scientific facts... about the number of Paleo-followers in the world...

;-)

Ed396719d9726e8e576773b2cb9cdf64

on May 10, 2012
at 12:34 PM

Ehm... by drowner I meant "downer" *blushing*

Ed396719d9726e8e576773b2cb9cdf64

on April 22, 2012
at 12:47 PM

I just read this now. You're not a drowner (well, not entirely... ;-)). Lots of good points there. To make my question more precise: How many of us, that are fortunate enough to have a choice, have chosen to go paleo / gaps / sth similar...?! Not that I really expected a fixed answer, but I like the replies that I got to my question... My feeling is that awareness has grown beyond my wildest dreams in the 2,5 years since I started.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Maybe it was an off day. I didn't see a single person wearing them today and I was traveling during peak hours on the metro and walking all around town! I even had a special head nod and eye squint of camaraderie planned if I saw anyone wearing them.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

(2640)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:33 AM

That's very funny because a lot of my friends from the DC metro area all wear Vibrams but they aren't paleo. :)

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Probably just jealous. I know I stare intensely at people with those, wondering what it feels like, and imagining myself with some:)

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Probably just jealous. I know I stare intently at people with those, imagining myself with some:)

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 17, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I think there are way too many variables to be able to learn anything from sales rankings or website traffic.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 17, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Not necessarily. We could estimate it from Amazon sales ranks of Paleo books along with traffic rankings to Paleo websites like this one. At a minimum, that would tell us the relative number of people compared to other diets if not the nominal.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 17, 2012
at 07:28 PM

yeah, sorry to be such a downer:(. but I just wanted to bring up that being a "paleo" follower or being able to learn/follow GAPS has a lot to do with opportunity and wealth that not everyone in the world enjoys

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 17, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Well, the couple next to me also told the waitress to "hold the toast and hasbrowns" and replaced it with a salad and tomatoes. That's got to be a sign, right?

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on April 17, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I think it's impossible to know. First, the definition of "paleo" encompasses a great deal of diversity. Many consider themselves paleo with the addition of dairy, some grains, tubers, and the occasional sweets. What one considers "paleo" might differ than one someone else considers paleo. I used to be someone that had a strict definition, but have since then simplified it to "eating whole, real foods".

This question, and the answers, seem to suggest that that paleo is always about a lifestyle change, a choice--a switch from commercial foods. Making the choice to switch brings up a lot of undertone of privilege and assumption others can do the same. Not everyone in the world gets to watch CNN, read Mark's blog, or even read. The same thing about the GAPS diet...that brings the assumption that one is even aware of it or is capable of switching to different food choices without affecting their family and societal needs.

I think it's important to remember that people on this board are in a very different circumstance than others in the world. We're all reading on the internet and we talk about food options. We are sadly a minority in the world. The "media visibility" and the "acceptance of the body's needs" mentioned below sometimes have absolutely no voice in determining how one eats. War, politics, serious environmental problems and poverty drive a lot of hunger (the problem of hunger is often less about the amount of food, and more about enough nutritional value) in the world. And sadly, some end up eating some modified corn stuff that the US government tries to give them to help. I would love to be optimistic but driving up the paleo-followers in developed countries is one thing...getting the world to eat paleo is another.

But still, I bet many people around the world who have never heard of the word "paleo" eat paleo. Many areas around the world don't have processed foods, packaging, or the convenience of a grocery store with refrigeration. They raise animals and use them for milk and food...they gather what is available in season because they can't walk down a freezer aisle and wonder, "should I purchase this bag of organic berries or should I stick with regular?"

So what's the real question? How many people have made the switch to paleo foods in developed countries? How many people eat paleo naturally and/or by choice?

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 17, 2012
at 07:28 PM

yeah, sorry to be such a downer:(. but I just wanted to bring up that being a "paleo" follower or being able to learn/follow GAPS has a lot to do with opportunity and wealth that not everyone in the world enjoys

Ed396719d9726e8e576773b2cb9cdf64

on April 22, 2012
at 12:47 PM

I just read this now. You're not a drowner (well, not entirely... ;-)). Lots of good points there. To make my question more precise: How many of us, that are fortunate enough to have a choice, have chosen to go paleo / gaps / sth similar...?! Not that I really expected a fixed answer, but I like the replies that I got to my question... My feeling is that awareness has grown beyond my wildest dreams in the 2,5 years since I started.

Ed396719d9726e8e576773b2cb9cdf64

on May 10, 2012
at 12:34 PM

Ehm... by drowner I meant "downer" *blushing*

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2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

(1118)

on April 17, 2012
at 06:52 PM

not nearly enough :)

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0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

(2890)

on April 17, 2012
at 06:54 PM

100 percent, baby!

It's a conspiracy, body-by-body, to simply live.

The problem is that the mind's acknowledgement and acceptance of the body's needs doesn't always follow. But our bodies demand a paleo life. If only everyone would listen!

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4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 17, 2012
at 06:51 PM

500,000.

Just kidding. I don't think there's any way to answer this question, although I suspect the total number is a lot lower than what people on this board might suspect. Despite the increasing visibility in the media, paleo is still a fringe diet. We're part of a select group.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 17, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Not necessarily. We could estimate it from Amazon sales ranks of Paleo books along with traffic rankings to Paleo websites like this one. At a minimum, that would tell us the relative number of people compared to other diets if not the nominal.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 17, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I think there are way too many variables to be able to learn anything from sales rankings or website traffic.

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:21 AM

I'm guessing not many in the D.C. metro area, because I got a lot of weird stares today in my Vibrams.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Maybe it was an off day. I didn't see a single person wearing them today and I was traveling during peak hours on the metro and walking all around town! I even had a special head nod and eye squint of camaraderie planned if I saw anyone wearing them.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Probably just jealous. I know I stare intensely at people with those, wondering what it feels like, and imagining myself with some:)

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Probably just jealous. I know I stare intently at people with those, imagining myself with some:)

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

(2640)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:33 AM

That's very funny because a lot of my friends from the DC metro area all wear Vibrams but they aren't paleo. :)

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