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Diets often lead to weight gain

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LONDON, Sep 08, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The British Dietetic Association says that no matter which diet people try, a third of them end up gaining weight, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The association, in a survey of 4,000 men and women, also found that more than 40 percent of dieters admit they end up giving in to temptation, and 10 percent of those who gain weight after dieting end up weighing as much as 17 pounds more than they did when they started the diet.

Besides finding that a third of dieters gain weight, the survey also found that only 18 percent of dieters ever reach their goal weight.

In addition, the survey found that women revealed they were more likely to pile the weight back on after a diet, with nearly 40 percent saying they ended up being heavier than before as opposed to 20 percent of men.

To offer practical and medically aware advice, the association has launched a Web site,, for folk seeking tips on how to permanently slim down.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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