Overweight Americans Lost Interest In Weight Loss Efforts: Study

March 19, 2023 7:29 am3 commentsViews: 146

In a new study it is found most of the Americans have given up trying weight shedding even though they are overweight. About 30 percent people in the United States are obese. Twenty years ago the number was one in five people.

Researcher Dr. Jian Zhang said those Americans who were overweight but not obese greatly lost interest in maintaining a healthy weight.

Zhang is an associate professor of epidemiology with Georgia Southern University. He analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey with the help of his colleagues.

In the survey conducted between 2009 and 2014 the researchers found all the racial as well as ethnic groups have lost interest in weight loss. Among both genders the women experienced fading interest the most.

Zhang added the country is close to missing the opportunity to stop overweight from becoming obesity.

He continued, “It’s painful… It’s hard to drop pounds. Many of us tried and failed, tried and failed, and finally failed to try anymore.”

The researchers found black women were less likely by 31 percent to have tried weight loss and white counterpart b 27 percent compared to about 20 years ago.

Zhang and his colleagues suggest motivation for weight loss must come from friends and family as well as from physicians and media in educating about health risks.

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