Nearly Half Of Americans Are Worried About Their Weight

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/25/2014 | 02:00 PM EDT

Forty-five percent of the U.S. say they are watching their pounds

Many people in the U.S. are weight conscious, according to a new poll conducted by Gallup.


Almost half of Americans (45 percent) worry about their weight "all" or "some of the time," the report revealed. That number is significantly higher than the 34 percent who reported this same response in 1990. The poll also found - not surprisingly - that Americans who consider themselves to be overweight are much more likely to worry about their weight than are those who say their weight is "about right," which is 67 percent and 32 percent, respectively.

About the same percentage of Americans report worrying about their weight now as did in 2012, when Gallup last asked the question, and nearly half of American adults remain preoccupied with their weight.

Different segments of the population are more preoccupied with their weight than others. Women (21 percent) are significantly more likely than men (9 percent) to say they worry about their weight all of the time. Almost one-third of men (32 percent) say they never worry about their weight, compared with just 16 percent of women.

Young adults are also more likely to worry about their weight all of the time, compared with other age groups. Americans aged 65 and up are the most likely to report "never" worrying about their weight.


Despite the fact that 45 percent of Americans say they worry about their weight, a much smaller percentage, 29 percent, say they are seriously trying to lose weight. Still, the percentage of Americans actively trying to lose weight was much lower, 18 percent, in 1990. Since 2003, at least one-quarter of Americans have reported they are seriously trying to lose weight.

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