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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >20 Years Who Said They Tried to Lose Weight During the Preceding 12 Months,* by Age Group and Sex --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2005--2006

During 20052006, 47.1% of adults aged >20 years said they tried to lose weight during the preceding 12 months. More women (57.0%) than men (36.9%) reported weight loss attempts. A greater percentage of women aged 4059 years tried to lose weight (65.9%) than women aged 2039 years (58.2%) or >60 years (41.6%).

* Based on response to the question, "During the past 12 months, have you tried to lose weight?"

Estimates are based on household interviews with a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

§ 95% confidence interval.

During 2005--2006, 47.1% of adults aged >20 years said they tried to lose weight during the preceding 12 months. More women (57.0%) than men (36.9%) reported weight loss attempts. A greater percentage of women aged 40--59 years tried to lose weight (65.9%) than women aged 20--39 years (58.2%) or >60 years (41.6%).

SOURCE: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005--2006, public use data file. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.



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