Nearly Half of Americans Trying to Lose Weight, CDC Data Show

By  Alex Tanzi

(Bloomberg) — An estimated 49.1 percent of American adults tried to lose weight from 2013 to 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with those between 40 and 59 years doing the most huffing and puffing.

Exercise, eating less, consuming more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water were the most common strategies. The least common were skipping meals and cutting down on fatty foods.

The data also show:

  • Weight loss efforts increased with income
  • 56.4 percent of women tried to lose weight versus 41.7 percent of men
  • 66.7 percent of adults with obesity, 49 percent of overweight adults and 26.5 percent of underweight or normal weight adults tried to lose weight

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