Share of U.S. adults who thought obesity was caused by diet as of 2016, by gender

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed obesity was the result of a person's diet and exercise in 2016, by gender. According to the data, 60 percent of women thought obesity was the result of many different factors, while 58 percent of men thought obesity was caused by a person's diet and exercise.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed obesity was caused by diet as of 2016, by gender

FemaleMaleTotal
Obesity results from many different genetic, environmental, and social factors60%40%50%
Obesity results from a person's diet and exercise39%58%48%
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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

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Which statement comes closest to your view of obesity, even if neither is exactly right? Obesity is a lifestyle choice resulting from a person's eating and exercise habits. obesity is a disease resulting from many different genetic, environmental, and social factors."

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