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NCHS Data Brief. 2018 Jul;(313):1-8.

Attempts to Lose Weight Among Adults in the United States, 2013-2016.


Almost 40% of adults in the United States had obesity in 2015-2016 (1). Obesity is associated with a range of serious health risks (2). Individuals may have multiple motivations for trying to losing weight, including health and appearance reasons (3). This report describes the percentage of U.S. adults who tried to lose weight in the past year by sex, age, race and Hispanic origin, family income, and weight status, based on data collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2013 -2016.

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