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Trend: How Would You Describe Your Own Personal Weight Situation Right Now?

Trend: How would you describe your own personal weight situation right now?

Trend: What is your approximate current weight?

Trend: Would you like to lose weight, stay at your present weight, or put on weight?

Trend: What do you think is the ideal weight for you personally?

Trend: At this time are you seriously trying to lose weight?

Trend: How often do you worry about your weight?

What are one or two of the most important reasons why you are trying to lose weight?

Trend: Do you think it would be justified or unjustified to set higher health insurance rates for people who are significantly overweight?

Trend: Do you think companies should be allowed to refuse to hire people just because they are significantly overweight, or not?

Thinking now about your family and closest friends, how many of them -- are overweight -- many, some, only a few, or none?

How many different times, if any, have you seriously tried to lose weight in your life?

Once or
twice

3-10
times

More than
10 times

Never

No
opin-
ion

Mean

National adults

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Nov 3-6

25

30

8

33

4

5.3

2005 Jul 7-10

24

28

11

34

3

7.3

1999 Jul 22-25

25

25

8

40

2

4.6

1990 Oct 11-14

30

18

5

44

3

4.0

Men

2011 Nov 3-6

25

23

7

44

1

3.6

2005 Jul 7-10

23

24

7

45

2

5.0

1999 Jul 22-25

24

19

7

49

1

3.1

1990 Oct 11-14

28

10

1

59

2

1.4

Women

2011 Nov 3-6

26

37

10

22

6

7.0

2005 Jul 7-10

25

31

15

23

5

9.6

1999 Jul 22-25

26

30

10

31

3

6.0

1990 Oct 11-14

32

25

8

31

4

6.5

(Asked of those who have seriously attempted to lose weight in their lives) Have you personally succeeded in losing a significant amount of weight at least once in your lifetime, or not?

Yes, have
succeeded

No,
have not

No
opinion

%

%

%

National adults

2011 Nov 3-6

83

17

*

Men

2011 Nov 3-6

81

19

*

Women

2011 Nov 3-6

83

16

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of those who have successfully lost weight in their lives) Trying to be as specific as possible, what strategies or methods for losing weight were the most effective for you? [OPEN-ENDED]

2011 Nov 3-6

NET: Changed diet

60

Ate less/Dieted (non-specific)

23

Counted calories/Portion control

12

Ate more natural foods

10

Avoided sugar, sweets, soda

6

Did Weight Watchers program

5

Did Atkins Diet/Low carb/High protein

4

Ate more fruits, vegetables/salads

3

Ate low-fat diet

2

NET: Exercised

36

Worked out/Exercised (nonspecific)

31

Walked

5

Ran/Jogged

3

Diet and exercise (nonspecific)

8

Took diet pills/Drugs

4

Pregnancy/Birth-related weight loss

2

Attitude/Discipline

1

Had gastric bypass surgery

1

Other

8

No opinion

*

* Less than 0.5%

Note: Percentages total more than 100% due to multiple responses


What is your approximate current height?

5'0"
or
less

5'1"-
5'3"

5'4"-
5'6"

5'7"-
5'8"

5'9"-
5'11"

6'0"-
6'3"

6'4"
or
taller

No
opinion

Avg.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

National adults

2007 Nov/Dec

5

13

24

16

21

18

2

1

5'8"

2007 Nov

5

15

24

15

22

16

1

2

5'7"

2006 Nov

3

14

27

13

21

18

2

1

5'7"

2005 Nov

4

16

24

16

21

17

2

*

5'7"

2004 Nov

2

17

25

14

23

17

1

1

5'7"

2003 Nov

4

13

26

15

23

15

3

2

5'7"

2001 Nov

3

15

27

16

20

15

3

1

5'8"

Men

2007 Nov/Dec

--

1

6

14

35

38

4

1

5'11"

2007 Nov

1

2

7

19

34

33

3

2

5'10"

2006 Nov

1

1

9

10

37

35

5

1

5'10"

2005 Nov

1

2

8

17

34

35

3

*

5'10"

2004 Nov

*

2

7

14

40

34

2

1

5'10"

2003 Nov

*

1

9

13

39

31

6

1

5'10"

2001 Nov

--

1

7

17

36

31

7

1

5'11"

Women

2007 Nov/Dec

10

25

39

17

8

*

--

1

5'5"

2007 Nov

8

27

40

12

11

*

--

2

5'4"

2006 Nov

5

27

43

16

6

2

--

1

5'5"

2005 Nov

7

29

40

14

9

*

--

1

5'5"

2004 Nov

3

32

40

15

8

1

--

1

5'5"

2003 Nov

7

24

41

18

7

1

--

3

5'4"

2001 Nov

5

28

44

16

6

*

*

1

5'5"

* Less than 0.5%

[BODY MASS INDEX]

<20
(under-
weight)

20-25
(normal)

26-30
(over-
weight)

30+
(obese)

Missing

National adults

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2

5

28

37

25

5

2007 Nov 11-14

6

32

36

22

4

2006 Nov 9-12

6

31

38

20

5

2005 Nov 7-10

7

32

36

21

4

2004 Nov 7-10

6

32

39

20

3

2003 Nov 3-5

4

36

35

20

5

2001 Nov 8-11

5

36

36

18

5

Men

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2

3

20

46

30

2

2007 Nov 11-14

3

29

47

17

4

2006 Nov 9-12

3

27

45

22

3

2005 Nov 7-10

2

26

47

23

2

2004 Nov 7-10

2

28

50

18

2

2003 Nov 3-5

3

28

45

23

1

2001 Nov 8-11

3

32

46

17

2

Women

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2

7

35

28

21

9

2007 Nov 11-14

9

35

25

26

5

2006 Nov 9-12

9

36

32

17

7

2005 Nov 7-10

11

39

26

18

6

2004 Nov 7-10

9

35

29

21

6

2003 Nov 3-5

6

43

26

17

8

2001 Nov 8-11

6

39

28

19

8

NOTE: Body Mass Index is a ratio of one's weight to their height. It is calculated as a person's weight (in kilograms) divided by their height (in meters) squared.

Have you, personally, ever attempted to lose weight in your lifetime, or not?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2

76%

24

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of those who have attempted to lose weight in their lifetime) Thinking about your attempts to lose weight, do you think your close friends or family members generally do more to help you or more to hinder you?

More to help

More to hinder

No opinion

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2

68%

24

8

(Asked of those who have attempted to lose weight in their lifetime) When you have made attempts to lose weight in the past, have your close friends or family members ever -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- or have they never done this?

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2
(sorted by "yes, have")

Yes,
have

No,
have not

No
opinion

%

%

%

Complimented you on how you looked as a result of losing weight

88

11

1

Partnered with you in exercising

60

39

1

Partnered with you in dieting

52

47

*

Tried to avoid eating fattening foods in front of you

31

68

1

Teased you about what you were eating

28

72

--

Tried to make you feel guilty about what you were eating if you went off your diet

27

73

*

Tried to get you to cheat on your diet

25

75

--

Tried to persuade you to do something besides exercising at a time when you were planning to exercise

24

76

*

* Less than 0.5%

If you were trying to lose weight, would you want someone to partner with you on your weight loss program, or not?

Yes

No

No opinion

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2

57%

42

2

In general, how harmful do you feel obesity is to adults who are significantly overweight -- very harmful, somewhat harmful, not too harmful, or not at all harmful?

Very
harmful

Some-
what
harmful

Not too
harmful

Not at all
harmful

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

2007 Jul 12-15

83%

15

*

*

*

1

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Has obesity ever been a cause of serious health problems in your family?

Yes

No

No opinion

2007 Jul 12-15

28%

71

1

Which of the following statements better describes your view toward people who are obese -- [ROTATED: you are unsympathetic toward people who are obese because they do not lose weight even though they know being overweight is harmful to their health, (or) you are sympathetic toward people who are obese because you understand that it is difficult for them to lose weight even if they want to]?

Unsympathetic
toward obese

Sympathetic
toward obese

Both/
Mixed
(vol.)

No
opinion

2007 Jul 12-15

21%

74

4

1

Would you like to [ROTATED: lose weight, stay at your present weight, or put on weight]?

Would you like to lose a lot of weight, or only a little weight?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

Lose a lot
of weight

Lose only a
little weight

Stay at
present

Put on
weight

No
opinion

2006 Feb 9-12

18%

38

39

4

1

If you had to choose, would you be more likely to try to lose weight -- [ROTATED: by dieting, (or more likely to try to lose weight) by exercising]?

[BASED ON ADULTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO LOSE WEIGHT]

Dieting

Exercising

No opinion

2006 Feb 9-12

36%

61

3

As you may know, some people have had surgery to reduce the size of their stomach as a means of losing weight. Which of the following best describes you -- [ROTATED: you would definitely like to have this surgery, you might be interested in having it but don't know for sure, you would only consider having it as a last resort, (or) you would never have this surgery]?

[BASED ON ADULTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO LOSE WEIGHT]

Definitely
like to
have
surgery

Might be
interested

Only as last
resort

Never have
this surgery

No
opinion

2006 Feb 9-12

2%

1

20

75

2

How many hours of exercise -- that is, exercise that increases your heart rate and breathing -- did you get in the last seven days, or didn't you have the chance to do any exercise? [OPEN-END]

2006 Feb 9-12

%

None

29

1-2 hours

21

3-4 hours

17

5 hours or more

31

No answer

3

Mean

5.8

Median

2.0

Have you ever attempted to lose weight, or not?

Yes

No

No answer

2004 Jul 8-11

69%

31

*

* Less than 0.5%

Which comes closer to your view about obesity -- [ROTATED: obesity is a disease, (or) obesity is more a problem of bad eating and bad lifestyle habits]?

Disease

Bad eating/
lifestyle

No
opinion

2004 Jul 8-11

21%

75

4

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