Views on the safety of select weight loss methods among U.S. adults in 2016

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. that felt select methods for weight loss were safe or unsafe as of 2016. According to the data, 90 percent of respondents indicated that diet and exercise with the help of a doctor is a safe method for weight loss.

Percentage of U.S. adults that felt select weight loss methods were safe as of 2016

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Release date

October 2016


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 questions; "Even if you've never used it, please rate how safe you think each method is for significant, long-term weight loss?"

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