Maybe Americans Didn’t Give Up on Weight Loss After All

by moderator on January 9, 2019

Americans Didn't Give Up on Weight Loss

Let’s face it: Americans are known for being overweight, and for not always choosing the healthiest meal options. You might have even looked around and thought that Americans decided to give up on weight loss because their weight has been increasing from one year to the next. That said, according to Gizmodo, a study from 2017, which claimed that Americans had started giving up on the idea of shedding pounds, has been retracted.

Incorrect Conclusions

The authors of the famous study, which claimed that Americans gave up on losing weight, discovered that they weren’t entirely correct after all. In fact, they realized that they made a big error when it came to calculating survey responses. As a result, they had to retract, as well as correct, the conclusions of the study.

So, maybe Americans didn’t give up on weight loss after all? Well, not so fast! Despite the retraction and corrections made to this study, even the new findings show that, on a whole, Americans could, and should, be doing more to get their weight in check.

Comparing the Results

Let’s compare what the original results and the revised results have had to say on whether or not Americans give up on weight loss.

First off, the 2017 study determined that 56% of people who were diagnosed as obese or overweight had stated that they attempted shedding pounds between 1988 and 1994. On the other hand, between the years 2009 and 2014, only about 49% of overweight or obese Americans stated that they had attempted losing weight.

The problem was that, between 1988 and 1994, individuals who were surveyed were asked about whether or not they’d attempted shedding pounds within the past year. The question changed starting in ’99, when individuals were able to report their weight, as well as how much they weighed the year prior, and whether or not they had intentionally lost the weight. Because the questions were different, the results were inaccurate.

Now that the study has bee corrected, the researchers found that, between the years 2009 and 2014, roughly 58% of Americans who were overweight had attempted losing weight in the previous year. This number is actually a bit higher than the 56% of people who reported weight loss attempts in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Don’t Give Up on Weight Loss!

It turns out that Americans aren’t completely giving up on losing weight after all. If you’ve been struggling to shed the extra pounds, don’t give up. Work with your doctor to determine the reason why you are having difficulty, and strive to eat a low-calorie, healthy diet, while also being more active to burn calories daily. Over time, with persistence and consistency, you’ll achieve amazing results.

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