50 Percent of Australians Want to Lose
Only half of all Australians aged 14 and
over (52 percent) don't want to change their weight, while 44 percent
said they would like to lose weight and 4 percent said they would like
to gain weight, the Bulletin-Morgan Poll finds.
- Women were much more likely than men
to want to lose weight (53 percent compared to 35 percent of men) while
those aged 35 to 49 were most likely to want to lose (51 percent), followed
by those aged 50 and over (45 percent) and those aged 25 to 34 (42 percent).
Young Australians aged 14 to 24 were least likely to want to lose weight
- Asked how much they would like to lose,
the most popular choice was between three and six kilograms (16 percent
of Australians) followed by up to three kilograms (11 percent). Nearly
one-in-ten Australians would like to lose between six and ten kilograms
(9 percent) and nearly the same number want to lose over 10 kilograms
- Women were nearly twice as likely to
chose the three to six kilogram range (20 percent of women cf to 12
percent of men) and the 10 kilograms and over range (11 percent of women
cf. 5 percent of men).
- Young Australians aged 14 to 24 were
most likely to choose the three to 10 kilograms ranges of weight loss
(28 percent), while for older Australians the choices were spread across
all weight ranges, though the three to six kilogram range remained the
most popular choice.
- Nearly one-in-three Australians (31
percent) has tried to lose weight in the last 12 months. Again, women
were more likely than men to have tried to lose weight (39 percent of
women compared to 24 percent of men) while those in the 25 to 34 year
old age group were most likely to have tried (38 percent), followed
by 35 to 49 year olds (31 percent) and those aged 50 and over (30 percent).
Australians aged 14 to 24 were least likely to have tried to lose weight
- The more weight respondents wanted to
lose, the more likely they were to have tried to lose weight in the
last 12 months with nearly three-quarters of those wanting to lose more
than 10 kilograms (72 percent) trying to lose weight. Overall, 55 percent
of those who wanted to lose weight attempted weight reduction.
- Asked about methods of weight reduction
in the last 12 months, Australians were most likely to have chosen the
standard methods of altering food intake (22 percent) or increasing
exercise (21 percent). Less than 1 percent of Australians chose the
more unusual treatments of hypnosis or aromatherapy or the use of drugs
or pills. Those who did try them were more likely to be women and over
35 years of age.
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