If it seems like more and more people are dieting today, you might not imagine it.
According to a report Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of Americans who said they were on a special diet to lose weight or for other health reasons. compared with a decade ago.
The increase occurs as obesity rates continue to increase. The CDC report found that 17% of Americans said they were on a diet during the 2017-2018 survey period, up from 14% a decade earlier. During the same period, obesity rates in the US have risen to 42% of Americans, up from 34%.
Dana Hunnes, a professor of public health and nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the percentage of Americans who said they were on a diet was lower than expected due to the incidence of dietary diseases. drink in this country.
The report notes that about half of all adults in the US suffer from chronic dietary-related illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, and that special diet is the way many people try try to control them. However, Hunnes warns that many people may not consider the way they eat a diet.
The report also looked at responses from 2015 to 2018 to identify other characteristics of those on a special diet:
- The more weighty and highly educated people are, the more special dietary tendencies they have. The report found that 23% of obese Americans said they were on a diet, compared with 17% of overweight and 8% of normal weight or underweight.
- More women report that they are on a diet than men.
- 18 percent of non-Hispanic white Americans, 16 percent Hispanic and 15 percent Asian and black Americans say they are on a diet.
- The proportion of people 40 and older reporting that they were on a diet was higher than those aged 20 to 39 years old.
- From 2007-08 to 2017-18, the diet described as “lose weight or low in calories” became popular and remains the top category of special diets. Low-carbohydrate diets became popular, while low-fat and low-cholesterol diets were reduced.
The findings are based on an ongoing national survey in which the participants were asked: “What are you currently on, for weight loss, or for some other health-related reason?”
Becky Ramsing, a registered dietitian and senior program officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for a livable future, says that dietary changes people make in the hopes of reducing The scale can vary greatly. And in some cases, she says people may not understand why the choices they’re making aren’t leading to weight loss.
“They won’t eat bread, but then they’ll eat more things with a higher calorie content,” she said.
Many dietary trends often focus on banning specific foods, Ramsing said. But to make lasting changes, she says that people should consider their overall eating pattern. That should also help address another dietary pitfall, she said: They are unlikely to survive over time.