Reasons U.S. adults wanted to lose weight as of 2016, by obesity status

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who wanted to lose weight for select reasons as of 2016, by obesity status. It was found that 77 percent of those with obesity wanted to lose weight to improve their overall health.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who wanted to lose weight for select reasons as of 2016, by obesity status

ObeseNot obese
I developed a health condition like diabetes or high blood pressure31%11%
I wanted to live longer61%45%
I wanted to improve my appreance or the way my clothes fit66%59%
People made comments about my weight14%7%
I was discriminated against because of my weight7%4%
My weight prevented me from doing the things I wanted to do33%9%
I wanted to improve my overall health77%64%
I wanted to be more physiclly active62%51%
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Sources

Release date

October 2016

Region

United States

Survey time period

August 11 to September 21, 2016

Number of respondents

1,509 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Among those who tried to lose weight

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

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