Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Tis the Season.For a New Resolution to Lose Weight

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Tis the Season.For a New Resolution to Lose Weight

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The most popular New Year's resolution-to lose weight-is a good one, even if it doesn't stick (and it usually doesn't). That's because losing weight is like quitting smoking: it often takes several tries before you're successful. And the people who try, and fail, are more likely to succeed eventually than those who take no action at all.

Failed dieters seem to know what went wrong. The Calorie Control Council cites these as the main reasons people give:

U.S. dieting patterns vary by gender, age, education and income. A national survey of 31,576 people by Simmons Market Research Bureau found that 66% of dieters are female. Among women, dieters tend to be between the ages of 55 and 64, white and college-educated.

The survey also found that women start thinking about slimming down in their mid-- 20s, and the desire grows with age. Men, on the other hand, are less likely to start thinking about losing weight until they are in their 60s, and they are most likely to diet between the ages of 65 and 74. …

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