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

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.
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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%
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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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.
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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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