Medifast, Inc. engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight loss and weight management products and other consumable health and diet products. The company offers bars, bites, pretzels, puffs, cereal crunch, drinks, eggs, hearty choices, oatmeal, pancakes, pudding, soft serve, shakes, smoothies, soft bakes, and soups under the Medifast, Thrive by Medifast, Optimal Health by Take Shape For Life, and Essential 1 brands, as well as for private label customers. It also provides nutritional products; and meal replacements comprising vitamins and minerals, as well as other nutrients essential for good health. As of December 31, 2014, Medifast, Inc. operated weight control centers in 75 franchise locations in Arizona, California, Louisiana, Minnesota, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The company sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising the Internet, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, franchise weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing. Medifast, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.