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by Aaron Tabor, MD Diet & Anti-Aging Expert

 
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McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, a marketer of nutritional products, recently revealed some of the results of a recent survey they conducted regarding what American women believe about weight loss and healthy eating. While the full survey does not appear to be available, a press release[1] discusses some of the results. Some of the results of this survey are outlined below.

Body Image Perceptions:


  • More than 33% of American women think about their body weight at least 3 times each day.
  • 81% of the women surveyed do not believe that they are at their ideal body weight.
  • Nearly half feel that they will reach their ideal body weight this year.
  • However, many American women believe that drastic, overly-strict lifestyle changes are needed to reach and maintain their ideal body weight.

Dieting:

  • 91% of the American women surveyed did not realize that they had to burn 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of body weight.
  • 35% of women surveyed believed that they would need to cut something like sweets or snacks out of their diet completely.
  • 39% were under the impression that they would need to reduce their food consumption to below 1,000 calories per day.
  • Difficulty in losing weight was frequently attributed to family obligations, finances, stress, and other demands on time.

Healthy Eating:

  • Only 17% of the women surveyed ranked the nutritional value of foods as the most important factor when making a purchase decision.
  • Price, taste, and quality of foods purchased were more important than the foods' nutritional value in most cases.
  • 70% of women added sugars to their foods and beverages.

Among these results were some interesting observations. If these results are representative of the population in general, it would suggest that the vast majority of us do not give the nutritional value of our foods enough consideration. Additionally, we appear to hold the opinion that weight loss through dieting has to be a grueling, unpleasant endeavor that might require a severe restriction in the amounts and types of foods we eat. Overall, it appears that the health professional community still needs to work on getting the appropriate messages out about healthy ways to lose weight. For example, while restricting the amount of calories we consume is an important part of losing weight, the amount shouldn't be so much that it drops you below 1,000 daily calories. Also, losing weight does not have to entail dramatic lifestyle changes. In fact, making a number of small changes in our eating habits can go a long way towards reaching one's weight loss goals. A good example from the results of this survey would be to simply decrease the amount of sugars one adds to their foods and drinks or start reading nutrition labels. Both these simple changes could improve a person's eating habits dramatically. Reading blogs like this one and others on this site is a great way to become more informed about healthy weight loss and good nutrition.

Healthy Regards,

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Aaron Tabor, MD
Diet, Anti-Aging, and Nutritional Cosmetic Expert
Author of Dr. Tabor’s Diet and FIGHT NOW.

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References:

  1. American Women Speak Out About Weight Loss And Their Thoughts On Healthy Eating. Medical News Today, January 11, 2011. URL: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/213355.php





@ 7:07pm ET on January 17, 2011
This is very sad but (and I am a female that works in a predominately female workplace) I see this everyday. Around this time of year, many go on (so called) diets (most unhealthy, crash, etc), they eat any kind of way and some don't realize how these things are taking a toll on their health.


@ 8:55am ET on January 18, 2011
It is sad!

Some of these diets are so strict and so crazy that they are not something you can maintain for very long. While you can lose weight on some of these diets, they generally don't help the dieter to develop healthy eating habits that they can use for the rest of lives and this is often the reason for re-gaining much of the weight lost on the diet.

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