Do you think there are half a million of us in the western world yet, or not yet? How many would you guess we are overall? And how many of us are in it for the lifestyle change and weight loss proportionally?
I think more - lots of people are doing Paleo but don't realise it - I pick up a trashie mag in the drs rooms and all of Hollywood are on it - no carb grass fed meat and lots of fish no sugar. I had a friend on FB telling me they are a real gym junkie and are going high protein and no carb - bang they did not realise there was a movement dedicated to the diet! I think watch this space many many more people will come on board for lots of different reasons.
Perhaps we should all reply to be counted ;-)
I suppose we have to go by book sales and subscriber numbers of the most visible websites out there, like WAPF and MDA. Any book sellers out there with access to sales numbers?
I'm guessing that there's still not a whole lot of us. Certainly less than 1% here in Belgium. Almost everyone I talk to has never heard of it (but many like the concept).
I haven't met many here in Germany, nor other countries I've been to in Europe. I know there are a few and I see their posts on here, but the concept doesn't seem to be too big over here yet. It's pretty telling when the butcher a couple of blocks away has no idea what grass-fed meat is. I even brought in a German friend to ask just in case my Deutsch wasn't up to snuff. I personally only know a handful of people (10 maybe?) that are totally committed to Paleo.
Easily half a million.
Multiple Paleo/Primal books are best sellers.
Half a million in North American alone means only only on in 1057 are doing it. It's way higher than that. I'm not a very social guy, and at-least 6 of the people I know do some kind of primal/paleo gig. I know several others at my wife's office of around 200 do too.
I don't even move in health focused circles… heck I used to be 320lbs and wasn't even close to being the fattest guy I knew. I don't even have a gym membership.
If it's one in 400 that's still 1.3m in NA alone.
Go ahead and exclude Mexico and re-do the math if you like, it's still going to be over half a million.
I think 1 million at least in USA. The population of USA is about 307 million, and I believe more than 1 in 307 Americans are doing some version of Paleo whether they know it or not- Primal, Archevore, Perfect Health Diet, perhaps even WAPF, etc.!
I think the number of newbie questions here and at reddit/paleo is promising, but I'd caution there must be lots of overlap in the traffic at various websites. I visit a bunch every day and I notice many of the comments/answers are from people I recognize or who have other websites that I visit.
My sense is that the core community is still pretty small, with a rapidly growing number of casual or fringe ancestral eaters. Some people browse their way through and others put down roots.
I am surprised by all these people who say they know several people who are on the paleo diet. The first time I met another person who was eating paleo was when I went to a paleo meetup event a year after I first went paleo.