Would you rather be thin or strong? Smart or sexy? What exactly do Americans consider to be healthy in 2018? Parade magazine and Cleveland Clinic recently joined forces to take the pulse of Americans’ behaviors and attitudes toward health today.
Americans and Brits are increasingly saying “I’ll take the fish,” according to new research from Cargill. In its latest Feed4Thought survey, Cargill found that, over the past five years, 44% of American and British consumers surveyed had added more fish to their diets. Poultry came in a close second, followed by beef and pork.
While 85% of Americans say they know how to eat right, more than half flunked a basic quiz on dietary facts and weight loss. The MDVIP Fat IQ Survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, reveals contradictory behaviors relating to obesity and weight management and explores deeper motivations that may stimulate lifestyle changes and offer Americans a higher probability of losing weight successfully.
“People who make an effort to lose weight can help their partner do the same, according to a study published online Feb. 1, 2018, by Obesity and covered by Harvard Health Publishing.”
A new study, published in JAMA, found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year.
Each year, U.S. News asks a panel of nutritionists, dietary consultants and doctors who specialize in diabetes, heart health and weight loss to score dozens of diets in nine categories — including ease of adherence, best for heart health and diabetes, and best for fast weight loss. There is also a category for best plant-based diets, according to an NPR article.
According to a recent study, 89 percent of women from the U.S. and other western countries are dissatisfied with their weight. That dissatisfaction, together with a critical view of one’s own body, is a problem that Weight Watchers sees frequently, AdWeek reports.
A new study from Shape-Up, jointly authored by several university researchers, shows how adding online tracking tools, feedback and educational content to a weight-loss effort substantially increases results. Because traditional weight-loss programs are expensive to administer, researchers also studied the effects of online only behavioral interventions. Researchers concluded that an Internet-based behavioral program alone was the more cost-effective method to enhance weight loss.
More than one-third of American adults today are obese according to The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, but most people don’t think they are part of the problem. Almost nine out of ten adults surveyed (84% percent) believe Americans generally weigh more now than they did five years ago, yet 56% of overweight respondents and 30% of obese respondents felt they were at normal weights compared to the general American public.
Americans are shifting to healthier, simpler diets and that has helped to stabilize obesity levels. A new report from The NPD Group finds Americans consume more fruit, more bottled water and more yogurt than they did a decade ago. In fact, Fruit has now surpassed milk, vegetables and carbonated soft drinks and now ranks number two on the list of top ten foods Americans eat.
The percentage of Americans on a diet has decreased over the last 30 years, according to The NPD Group. About 20% of adults report they are on a diet, down from a peak of 31% in 1991. Women are leading the decline in dieting. Although many Americans still want to lose weight, analysts are seeing a change in attitudes about being overweight.