More Americans than ever are dealing with the health consequences of obesity as rates of the disease in the United States and other parts of the world reach an all-time high. But along with the diabetes and heart disease that often accompany obesity, more than one-third are also dealing with the issue of “fat shaming” or weight bias either personally or through someone they know, according to a new national survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago and sponsored by Ethicon.
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.”
Most Americans report feeling unhappy with how their body looks at times (79% vs. 21% never, I am always satisfied with how my body looks), with dissatisfaction most prevalent when looking in the mirror (37%), when at the beach in a bathing suit (32%), or when shopping for clothes (31%). However, one in five Americans would be willing to take performance-enhancing dietary supplements (21%, e.g., protein, creatine, vitamins and minerals, etc.) in order to attain their perfect/ideal body.
A new study sponsored by The Quaker Oats Center of Excellence suggests that your breakfast cereal choice can affect how full you feel and how much you eat for lunch, especially if you’re overweight.
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.
Baby Boomers are more likely to diet than Millennials; more than a quarter of all Boomers are on a diet, while only 12% of Millennials diet, according to The NPD Group. Nearly sixty percent of adults report that they would like to lose 20 pounds. Seventy-two percent of adults eat reduced fat foods, nearly 45% of adults eat foods with whole grains on a regular basis and 24% include organic foods and beverages in their diet.
The popularity of gluten-free foods shows no signs of slowing down, and according to recent research from Mintel, it’s not just the gluten-intolerant who are filling their carts with wheat-free products. Indeed, 65% of consumers who eat or used to eat gluten-free foods do so because they think they are healthier, and 27% eat them because they feel they aid in their weight loss efforts.
According to the latest research from Mintel, more Black adults who are watching their diet are doing so for health reasons, not to lose weight. In fact, 56% of Black adults are dieting to lose weight, compared to 63% of White adults, 57% of Asian adults and 54% of Hispanic adults. Moreover, 70% of Black adults who limit the amount and/or kind of food eaten say they’re doing so for general wellness and 46% say they’re watching their diet to maintain their current weight.
Devotees of name-brand diets spend more than $3,400 on groceries each year, while those sticking to low-fat foods spend just over $800, according to findings from a new Catalina Marketing study. Weight-management has a “strong influence” on the grocery purchases of 56% of American shoppers and at least “some influence” on the purchases of another one-third. Even more striking is the fact that four out of 10 shoppers followed some type of diet in the past year. The new study categorizes dieters into six groups: Low-fat & Fit, Carbohydrate Conscious, Devoted Dieters, Healthy Habits, Unconcerned Families, and Calorie Conscious.