CDC: Half of U.S. adults tried to lose weight from 2013 to 2016
Crescent B. Martin, M.P.H., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013 to 2016) to examine the percentage of U.S. adults who tried to lose weight in the past 12 months by sex, age, race and Hispanic origin, family income, and weight status.
The researchers found that from 2013 to 2016, just 49.1 percent of U.S. adults attempted to lose weight in the past 12 months. More women than men attempted to lose weight (56.4 percent versus 41.7 percent). An increased percentage of attempted weight loss was seen among individuals with higher family income and those with higher weight status. A lower percentage of non-Hispanic Asian adults (41.4 percent) tried to lose weight than non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic adults (49.4, 48, and 49.1 percent, respectively). Exercising (62.9 percent) and eating less food (62.9 percent) were the top two weight loss methods, with the majority of adults trying to lose weight reporting using two or more methods.
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