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

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