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Survey reveals many Americans are weight conscious

9/19/2000-According to recent government statistics, 55% of the American adult population now overweight. However, a new national survey released by the Calorie Control Council reveals that 47% of Americans are making a conscious effort to control their weight. In addition, one-fourth of the population is currently on a diet. This means that more than 124 million Americans (over the age of 18) are trying to either lose or control their weight. According to the survey, men and women alike feel that in order to watch their weight they need to pay attention to both fat and calories. Additionally, exercise and cutting down on foods high in fat and sugar are the two most popular ways of losing and controlling weight. The number one obstacle in weight loss, according to the study, is not exercising enough (50%). Other obstacles included not enough self-discipline (36%), splurging on favorite foods (36%) and snacking too much (33%). "The survey confirms that successful weight loss means adopting sensible behaviors,'' said Lyn O'Brien Nabors, executive vice president of the Calorie Control Council. The 2000 survey findings are based on a nationally projectable sample of 1,200 Americans age 18 and older. The Calorie Control Council, a non-profit trade association, has tracked dieting trends for over 20 years.







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