Poll suggests six in 10 adults would like to lose weight

Friday, November 29, 2002

People who feel a little guilty digging into those holiday meals can take comfort in the knowledge that they're not alone.

Almost six in 10 Americans say they would like to lose weight, according to a Gallup poll released on the eve of Thanksgiving, a day that makes significant contributions to Americans' weight. Two-thirds of women felt that way, while half of men did.

Only a fourth said they are seriously trying to lose weight, including three in 10 women and two in 10 men.

A third, 34 percent, said they would like to stay at their current weight level, while 8 percent said they would like to put on weight.

About four in 10 say they consider themselves somewhat overweight, with 6 percent saying they were very overweight.

The poll of 1,001 adults was taken Nov. 11-14 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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