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Why fewer Americans say they want to lose weight

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Americans today are less inclined to say that they want to lose weight, in comparison with the investigated ten years ago, according to a new poll.

The Gallup poll, an average of 53 percent of the American adults who were surveyed between 2010 and 2016 and said that she wanted to lose weight. That is less than an average of 59 per cent who said that they wanted to lose weight in polls done from 2000 to 2009.

What’s more, the percentage of Americans who describe themselves as overweight has also decreased in recent decades. In the 1990s, 44 percent of Americans said that they were overweight, compared to 41 percent in 2000 and 37 percent in the years 2010 to 2016, Gallup said.

The findings seem to be in contrast to the other data that show that obesity rates are rising in the United States. Over the past 15 years, the nation’s obesity rate increased from 30.5 percent in the year 1999 to 2000, to 37.7 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The reason for the findings is not clear, but Gallup also found that Americans’ perception of their ideal weight to change. Americans surveyed in the 1990s, said that their ideal weight is 153 kg., on the average. But in polls that were done in the years 2000, the average ideal weight of 159 kg., and in the polls made in 2010 to 2016, it was 161 lbs., Gallup said.

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“The benchmark for their ideal weight continues to be set higher,” Gallup said.

Previously, Gallup reported that in 2015, 49 percent of Americans said they wanted to lose weight, it is also the first time in at least 25 years and less than half of Americans said they wanted to lose weight.

Original article on Live Science.

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